Archival sources for Sir Godfrey Hilton Thomson

Ian J. Deary, Martin Lawn, Caroline E. Brett, Alison Pattie, David J. Bartholomew

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Sir Godfrey Hilton Thomson was Bell Professor of Education at the University of Edinburgh from 1925 until 1951. He was a prominent theorist of intelligence, statistician and psychometrician, educational researcher, deviser and distributor of intelligence tests, and worked on the issue of intelligence and family size as it affected the population. Despite his previous eminence, he has become an obscure figure. That is, partly, because there are few remaining archive materials front which he can be studied, and these are scattered. Here, we describe sources that contain useful information on Thomson's life and work. These include specific sources in the University of Edinburgh, some archives beyond Edinburgh that include items related to Thomson, and new materials that we have gathered in a project to improve the availability of historical materials on Thomson's work and life. The latter are large in extent and have come to light only recently.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages9
JournalHistory of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


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