In Memoriam: Gardner Lindzey, Former Chair of Department of Psychology
Posted: February 1, 2008
Gardner Lindzey died February 4, 2008 after a brief illness. Dr. Lindzey was chair of the Department of Psychology from 1964-1969 and then served as one of UT's vice presidents until 1975. He was instrumental in transforming the department from a relatively small and unassuming group to a large and internationally-recognized faculty.
Dr. Lindzey was known for his work in social and personality psychology. His edited Handbook of Social Psychology defined the structure of the field for a generation. As the director and president of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto from 1975 to 1989, he brought together the finest intellects in the social and behavioral sciences.
Dr. Lindzey earned his AB degree at Pennsylvania State University in 1943, his MS in 1945, and his PhD in psychology from Harvard University in 1949. He served as president of the American Psychological Association 1966-67 and as president of the American Psychological Foundation 1974-1976. He received an award for scientific reviewing from the National Academy of Sciences and the Dobzhansky Memorial Award for Eminent Research in Behavior Genetics in 1982.