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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson (1881-1955)

By Emma Anthony

To mark our Wellcome Trust funded project, ‘Documenting the Understanding of Human Intelligence’*, which aims to catalogue and preserve the papers of educator and psychologist Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson (1881-1955), Edinburgh University archives and special collections are holding a free seminar at Edinburgh University Library, 16th May 2014.

 Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson (1881-1955)

The seminar programme is a varied one exploring Thomson’s work in Education, Psychology (especially cognitive testing), Statistics, and Eugenics, with academic speakers from each field.  Chaired by Professor Dorothy Meill, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science, It will also discuss current scientific research facilitated through data sets left from Thomson’s work, as well as the complexities involved in interpreting and cataloguing the collection itself.

Professor Ian Deary's British Academy Lecture on Thomson

The seminar is free, but please note places must be booked through eventbrite.
Wellcome Trust bursaries for accommodation and travel are available.
For further information, contact

*Funded by the Trust's Research Resources grant scheme under the call 'Understanding the Human Brain'.  Continuing on from the current cataloguing project, we aim to digitise Thomson's papers, and catalogue related papers through the Moray House and University of Edinburgh collections.  We will also be curating an exhibition regarding Thomson's life and work in 2016.

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