Nicholas Mackintosh


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nicholas-mackintoshNicholas John Mackintosh, is a British experimental psychologist and author, specialising in intelligence, psychometrics and animal learning. Nicholas is also a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Nicholas was born in London, the son of Ian Mackintosh and his wife Daphne Cochrane. He was educated at the University of Oxford, where he obtained a BA and in 1963 a DPhil. From 1964 until 1967 he was a lecturer at Oxford. From 1967 until 1973 he held a Killiam Professorship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. From 1973 to 1981 he taught at the University of Sussex, prior to being appointed Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 1981 until his retirement in 2002. Nowadays, he is still giving one undergraduate lecture in this department.

He has held visiting professorships at the University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley, University of Hawaii, University of New South Wales and Yale University. He is a Fellow at University of Cambridge. The British Psychological Society awarded him the Biological Medal in 1984 and the President’s Award in 1986. In 1987 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology as well as Distinguished Associate in the Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge.

You can view the full list of his publications here.

Credits: University of Cambridge

Published: 18 January 2015

Last updated: 30 November 2016