J. Philippe Rushton

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John Philippe Rushton (born December 3, 1943) is a psychology professor at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, most widely known for his work on intelligence and racial differences, particularly his book Race, Evolution and Behavior. His work in this area is highly controversial, and has been criticized by other researchers and civil rights organisations as being poorly researched[1][2][3] and racist in nature.[4][5] He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American, British, and Canadian Psychological Associations. In 1988, he was made a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has been head of the Pioneer Fund since 2002.



Rushton was born in Bournemouth, England. During his childhood, he emigrated with his family to South Africa where he lived from age four to eight (1948–1952). His father was a building contractor, and his mother, who was French, gave him his middle name. He spent most of his teen years in Canada. Rushton received a B.Sc. in psychology from Birkbeck College at the University of London in 1970, and, in 1973, received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics for work on altruism in children. He continued his work at the University of Oxford until 1974. Rushton taught at York University in Canada from 1974–1976 and the University of Toronto until 1977. He then moved to the University of Western Ontario and was made full professor there in 1985. He received a D.Sc. from the University of London in 1992.[6][7]

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