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Richard Gregory

AKA Richard Langton Gregory

Born: 24-Jul-1923
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 17-May-2010
Location of death: Bristol, England
Cause of death: Stroke

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Psychologist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Optical illusions and "hands-on" science

Military service: Royal Air Force (signal officer, 1941-47)

Experimental psychologist Richard Gregory has written extensively on optical illusions and what such eye-tricks can reveal about the viewer. He has written several best-sellers explaining science to non-scientists, and is among England's foremost experts on artificial intelligence. He was the founding director of the Bristol Exploratory, the first "hands-on" interactive museum in England.

Father: Christopher Clive Langton Gregory (astronomer, b. 13-May-1892, d. 24-Nov-1964)
Mother: Helen Patricia Gibson
Wife: Margaret Hope Pattison Muir (m. 1953, div. 1966, one son, one daughter)
Son: Mark
Daughter: Romilly
Wife: Freja Mary Balchin (m. 1967, div. 1976)
Girlfriend: Priscilla Heard (until his death)

    High School: King Alfred School, Hampstead, England (1940)
    University: MA Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University (1950)
    University: DSc Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (1983)
    Teacher: Applied Psychology, Cambridge University (1950-53)
    Teacher: Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University (1953-57)
    Professor: Machine Intelligence and Perception, University of Edinburgh (1966-67)
    Professor: Bionics, University of Edinburgh (1967-70)
    Professor: Neuropsychology, University of Bristol (1970-88)

    Faraday Prize 1992
    Commander of the British Empire
    Institute of Physics
    Royal Institution of Great Britain Vice President (1992-95)
    Royal Society
    Royal Society of Arts
    Royal Society of Edinburgh
    Exploratorium Visiting Fellow (1989)

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Author of books:
Recovery from Early Blindness: A Case Study (1963, with Jean Wallace)
Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing (1966)
The Intelligent Eye (1970)
Illusion in Nature and Art (1973, with E. H. Gombrich)
Concepts and Mechanisms of Perception (1974, collected papers)
Mind in Science: A History of Explanations of Psychology and Physics (1981)
Odd Perceptions (1986, collected essays)
Hands-On Science: An Introduction to the Bristol Exploratory (1986)
Creative Intelligences (1987, with Pauline Marstrand)
Oxford Companion to the Mind (1987)
Even Odder Perceptions (1993, essays)
Mirrors in Mind (1997)
The Mind Makers (1998)

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