George Croom Robertson

(1842—1892) philosopher and psychologist

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George Croom Robertson was born in Aberdeen on 10 March 1842 and died in London on 20 September 1892. He entered Marischal College in 1857 on a bursary, taking an MA degree with the highest honours in 1861 from the recently united University of Aberdeen. He then attended lectures at University College London, before studying in Germany and France during 1862–3. There he took a special interest in developments in the new scientific psychology. The years following were spent as an independent scholar and teacher, in part under the mentorship of Alexander Bain, until he achieved his first regular academic appointment, in 1867, to the Chair of Mental Philosophy and Logic at University College, a position which several years later with a gift from George Grote's estate became the Grote Professorship. He held this position until his early retirement in 1892, which occurred a few months before his death from a long and painful kidney ailment.


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