John Bowlby

John Bowlby was a British psychiatrist (the Mental Health Industry) of the Tavistock Institute, trained by Melanie Klein. His father was a member of the Order of St Michael and St George and Order of the Bath. He was educated at Trinity College Cambridge. He was a member of the Order of the British Empire and British Psychoanalytical Society with Klein, Cyril Burt, Lionel Penrose and Anna Freud. He did research on attachment of children to their parent and creating trauma through separation.

He worked with William Sargant under Edward Mapother (Institute of Psychiatry, insulin shock therapy, Eugenics Society) at Maudsley Hospital.

During the war he worked for the War Office Selection Boards.

From 1950 he studied homeless children for the WHO.

He was a friend of Julian Huxley, brother of Aldous Huxley who wrote A Brave New World. Like the Huxley's he promoted Darwinism by writing a biography of Charles Darwin.

He worked with Niko Tinbergen (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for study of animal behavior), teacher at Oxford of Richard Dawkins and Desmond Morris, and Robert Hinde (Royal Society).


Melanie Klein