Annual lecture re-examines gender and intelligence

Posted by pt91 at May 17, 2011 12:35 PM |
Professor Nicholas Mackintosh to deliver 2011 Sluckin lecture at the University of Leicester, 19 May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 May 2011

A highly controversial and scientific topic that has fascinated, excited and enraged people since the 19th century comes under discussion at the University of Leicester’s annual Sluckin Lecture on Thursday 19th May.

Professor Nicholas Mackintosh, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, is to speak on ‘Sex Differences in Intelligence?’.

Nicholas John Mackintosh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1987.

He has a very long and distinguished career as a scientist, having received the Biological Medal and the President's Award from the British Psychological Society in 1984 and 1986 respectively.

Professor Andrew Colman, of the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology, commented:   “Professor Mackintosh is an outstanding public speaker, and his work was greatly admired by Professor Wladek Sluckin, to whose memory this annual lecture is dedicated.”

Professor Mackintosh’s lecture, ‘Sex Differences in Intelligence?’ will take place from 4.30-5.30pm on Thursday 19th May in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building.  

The lecture is free and will be followed by a drinks reception in the atrium. 

Nicholas J. Mackintosh was an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, where he obtained a BA and in 1963 a DPhil. From 1964 until 1967 he was a lecturer there. From 1967 until 1973 he held a Killiam Professorship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. From 1973 to 1981 he taught at the University of Sussex

In 1981 he became Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology in the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, until his retirement in 2002.

He has travelled widely, having been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania, California (at Berkeley), Hawaii, New South Wales and Yale.

The British Psychological Society awarded Professor Mackintosh the Biological Medal in 1984 and the President's Award in 1986. In 1987 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology as well as Distinguished Associate in the Psychometrics Centre in the University of Cambridge.

Professor Mackintosh is the author of many seminal books that have had, and continue to have, an impact on the way people think about issues such as intelligence and animal learning.  These include:   Mackintosh, N. J. (1974). Psychology of animal learning. Academic Press;  Mackintosh, N. J. (1995). Cyril Burt: Fraud or framed? Oxford University Press;  Mackintosh, N. J. (1998). IQ and human intelligence. Oxford University Press.


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