Jubilee Fellow – 2015

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Professor Ross Day

BSc (UWA), PhD (Bristol), DUniv (La Trobe), HonDSc (La Trobe), FAPsS, FAA

2015 Reflections

Professor Ross Day was born in Albany, WA in 1927. He completed his secondary education at Albany High School in 1945 and then started a BSc (Hons) at the University of Western Australia (1946-49). While in his third year, he was offered a Graduate Assistant position in Psychology, which he held throughout his honours year. In 1950 he moved to the University of Bristol, first as an Assistant Lecturer (1950-51) and then Research Fellow (1951-55). Whilst at the University of Bristol, he completed a PhD in Psychology (1952-54).

Professor Day returned to Australia and the University of Sydney as Lecturer (1955-59), then Senior Lecturer (1959-61) and finally Reader (1962-64). Monash University then offered him the Foundation Chair of the Department of Psychology, which he accepted. He was at Monash from 1965 to 1992 and, as well as establishing a strong experimental psychology department, he served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1981-83. Professor Day was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1967 and the Australian Academy of Science in 1990. After retirement Professor Day became Adjunct Professor in Psychology at La Trobe University.