Professor Peter Venables

Posted on 27 April 2017

It is with great sadness that the Department of Psychology announces the death of Professor Peter Venables, founder of the Department and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Professor Venables was a pioneer of the application of physiological measures to psychological questions with a particular focus on clinical and developmental issues. His perspective was influential in establishing the experimental and biological flavour of research and teaching in Psychology at York, which remains to this day.

His early work foreshadowed the growth of cognitive neuroscience as a discipline and he founded the British Psychophysiological Society, which went on to become the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience.  He became a world-leading authority on schizophrenia and made important and diverse contributions to the cognitive, neuroanatomical, and neurodevelopmental understanding of that condition. He remained research‑active into his 90s. In May 2015, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Psychological Society. He published his last three papers in 2017.

He will be very greatly missed.