Wilfred Bion

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Wilfred Ruprecht Bion DSO (8 September 1897 – 8 November 1979) was an influential British psychoanalyst, who became president of the British Psychoanalytical Society from 1962 to 1965.

Bion has been twinned with Lacan as 'inspired bizarre analysts...who demand not that their patients get better but that they pursue Truth'[1]. 'Bion's ideas are highly unique', so that he 'remained larger than life to almost all who encountered him'[2]. He has been considered as possibly 'the greatest psychoanalytic thinker...after Freud'[3].


Military Service

Bion was born in Mathura, North-Western Provinces, India, and educated at Bishop's Stortford College in England.[4] After the outbreak of the First World War, he served in the Tank Corps as a tank commander in France, and was awarded both the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) (on 18 February 1918, for his actions at the Battle of Cambrai),[4][5] and the Croix de Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.[6] He first entered the war zone on 26 June 1917,[7] and was promoted to temporary lieutenant on 10 June 1918,[8] and to acting captain on 22 March 1918, when he took command of a tank section,[9] he retained the rank when he became second-in-command of a tank company on 19 October 1918,[10] and relinquished it on 7 January 1919.[11] He was demobilised on 1 September 1921, and was granted the rank of captain.[12] The full citation for his DSO read:

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