Godfrey Thomson: the man who tested Scotland’s IQ

This absolutely splendid and superbly mounted exhibition on the life, work and legacy of educational researcher, Professor Godfrey Thomson (1881-1955), has just opened in the Exhibition Hall of the University’s Main Library in George Square.

Curated by Professor Ian Deary of the School of PPLS, this very rich and rewarding exhibition will certainly merit more than one visit. It features a range of fascinating artefacts from the University’s fairly recently acquired Godfrey Thomson Archive and provides a great insights into the life and work of this most remarkable man.

Professor Sir Godfrey Hilton Thomson (1881–1955), an internationally recognised and respected educator and intelligence theorist, was also the largest-scale producer of IQ tests in Europe.  godfrey_thomson

Professor Thomson held both the Chair of Education at the University of Edinburgh and the post of Director of Studies at the Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre at Moray House from 1925 until 1951. Throughout his career he also worked to ensure that disadvantaged children had the opportunity for a good education, an endeavour that remains relevant to this day.

A beautifully produced booklet – appropriately styled like a school ‘jotter’ of yesteryear – accompanies the exhibition which, for the next three weeks anyway, will also constitute a Fringe event.

Exhibition open Monday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm.




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