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J. Philippe Rushton

J. Philippe Rushton

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[Note: Professor Jean Philippe Rushton died of Addison’s disease on October 2, 2012, at the London Health Sciences Centre. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Rushton's work.]

I was born in Bournemouth, England, in 1943. My father was a building contractor; my mother was French and gave me my middle name. We emigrated to South Africa and later to Canada, so I went to school in several places. I returned to England and earned a B.Sc. in psychology from Birkbeck College at the University of London in 1970 and in 1973 received my Ph.D. from the London School of Economics for work on altruism in children. I then moved to the University of Oxford for a one-year postdoc to continue my research on personality development in children. After that I returned to Canada, where I taught at York University from 1974-1976 and the University of Toronto until 1977. I then moved to the University of Western Ontario, where I was made a full professor in 1985. I received a D.Sc. from the University of London in 1992.

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  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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