Ten Famous Psychologists and Their Achievements

in association with the University of Kent

For better or worse a number of psychologists have gained some notoriety over the years, with a few considered outright famous. Here’s a list of significant psychologists and their major contributions to the field. 


Phillip Zimbardo 1933–Present

Zimbardo completed an MA and Ph.D in Psychology at Yale University back in the swinging sixties. He accepted the position as Professor of Psychology at Stanford University in 1971 and soon after conducted the famous Stanford prison study. Zimbardo used subjects to examine the psychology of prison life with half the participants being assigned the role of guard and the others the role of prisoner. The planned two week experiment ended after only six days as the guards became sadistic, and the prisoners showed extreme passivity and depression. Zimbardo concluded that certain situations have a higher influence over our psyche then we expect.