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The life and work of Frederic C.Bartlett

ByALAN WELFORD

Frederic Charles Bartlett was born on 20 October 1886, at Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire. For many years before he died at Cambridge on 30 September 1969, he had been the most distinguished and influential psychologist Britain has ever produced. As a child his health had not been good and he was educated privately. He went, however, to London University where in 1909 he took his BA with First Class Honours in Philosophy, and two years later his MA with special distinction in Sociology and Ethics. He then went on to Cambridge where in 1914 he obtained First Class Honours in the Logic section of the Moral Sciences Tripos.1 In the same year C.S.Myers, who was then director of the Cambridge Psychological Laboratory, took him on as assistant director, and when Myers went to London in 1922, Bartlett succeeded him. In 1931 he became the first professor of experimental psychology in Cambridge and a fellow of St. John’s College. The next year he was elected to the Royal Society. He was made CBE in 1941 and knighted in 1948.