Peter Venables


Peter Venables (3 April 1923 – 26 April 2017) [1] was a British psychologist who was the founder and former head of the department of Psychology at the University of York. He retired in 1988 to become Emeritus Professor at the University of York,[2] where he continued to research.[3]

Peter H. Venables
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Born(1923-04-03)3 April 1923
Died26 April 2017(2017-04-26) (aged 94)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of York

Venables was one of the founders of the Open University.[4] He was also a former President of the British Psychological Society (1979–1980), the Society for Psychophysiological Research (U.S., 1977–1978), and the Experimental Psychology Society (UK, 1968–1970). His awards included one for Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology (U.S., Society for Psychophysiological Research, 1987), the Zubin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Discipline from the Society for Research in Psychopathology (U.S., 1990), Honorary Membership of the Experimental Psychology Society (UK, 1993), an award from the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience for Outstanding Contributions to British Psychophysiology (UK, 2009), and most recently the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge (British Psychological Society, 2014).[citation needed]

Venables published over 260 journal articles, book chapters, and books.[3] Three of his articles have been recognized as citation classics.[citation needed] His contributions in the fields of schizophrenia and psychophysiology embraced a wide range of topics that included clinical, cognitive, neuroanatomical, psychophysiological, and neurodevelopmental issues.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Peter Venables - an appreciation".
  2. ^ "History of the Department". University of York website. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Google Scholar - Peter Venables".
  4. ^ Thornber, Robin (20 October 2003). "Clare Venables". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2021. Clare was born into the liberal intelligentsia. Her father, Sir Peter Venables, was one of the founders of the Open University; her mother chaired the Marriage Guidance Council.