Oliver Zangwill

(1913—1987) a founder of neuropsychology

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(1913–87). A principal founder of neurospsychology and professor of experimental psychology in the University of Cambridge from 1952 to retirement. Zangwill might be described as the Disraeli of psychology. Being literary and politically effective, he came from a similarly distinguished, unusually interesting family. His father was the influential novelist and playwright Israel Zangwill (1864–1926), whose writings include Children of the Ghetto and The Master. A cousin was the artist and writer Michael Ayrton (1920–73), whose bronzes and paintings are powerful statements. A common grandfather was the physicist William Edward Ayrton FRS (1847–1908), remembered especially for his galvanometer, and for introducing electricity to Japan. He explained the curious Japanese and Chinese ‘Magic Mirrors’ which although appearing perfectly flat project sunlight in the form of a ghostly Buddha on to a distant wall.


From The Oxford Companion to the Mind in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Psychology.

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