It is with mixed emotion we report the retirement of the world-renowned, Professor Phil Zimbardo, who we have been honoured to have worked alongside here at PAU since 2006. While we are all sad to see him go and will miss him greatly, theris nobody more deserving of happy retirement than Phil. Phil's wife, Christina has also retired from her post at U.C. Berkley and we wish them both the very best as they embark on their travels at the end of the Spring quarter. We are sure everybody here at PAU will join is in congratulating Phil on an outstanding career, especially all the students who have been lucky enough to be taught by him over the last eight years. His passion and dedication to his profession have been an inspiration to us all.
Stanford Prison Experiment
Professor Phillip G Zimbardo is a world-renowned authority in contemporary psychology and is particularly well known for his highly-acclaimed PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology. He has written best-selling books on shyness and is remembered for his classic Stanford Prison Experiment.
Almost 40-years at Stanford
Zimbardo started his career as a teacher at Yale, NYU and Columbia University before taking up a post as a professor at Stanford University in 1968. He remained at Stanford for the vast majority of his career until joining us at PAU in 2006.
Havel Foundation Prize
Zimbardo has been at the forefront of his industry throughout his career. Always keen to push the boundaries, make new discoveries and open up the world of psychology to the people, the professor has picked up many well-deserved accolades along the way. In 2007 he was awarded the Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition.
Professional publications and books
He has published more than 350 professional publications and 50 books, including the oldest psychology textbook still in publication: Psychology and Life along with its more contemporary companion, Core Concepts in Psychology.
During his time here at PAU, Zimbardo has researched across an array of fields including: shyness, time perspective, persuasion, cults, madness, violence, political psychology and terrorism.
Included in the many posts he has held across his career are:
• President of the Western Psychological Association
• President of the American Psychological Association
• Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents
• Chair of the Western Psychological Foundation
• Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education and Research on Terrorism
Friend and colleague at PAU, Dr. Bill Froming, PAU Provost said, "It's been a real honor to spend the last few years working with Phil. He is a highly respected member of the teaching faculty here at PAU as well as an internationally recognized voice of contemporary psychology. Phil and I have worked together on many fundraising events and I particularly remember travelling to Auschwitz in 2008 to lecture at the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. I wish Phil and his wife a long and happy retirement and I’m sure we all look forward to welcoming them back to PAU for special events in the future."