Michael Fordham

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Michael Fordham
Born 4 August 1905
Kensington, London
Died 14 April 1995
Buckinghamshire, England
Nationality English

Michael Scott Montague Fordham (4 August 1905 – 14 April 1995) was an English psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. The Michael Fordham Prize is named in his honour.

Background and education[edit]

The second son of Montague Edward Fordham and his wife Sara Gertrude Worthington, Fordham was born in Kensington, London and was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk (1918-1923), Trinity College, Cambridge (1924-1927), and St Bartholomew's Hospital (1927-1932). He took the degrees of MB and BCh in 1931, and became an MRCP in 1932.

In 1924 Fordham played Don Adriano in a Gresham's School performance of Love's Labour's Lost.[1]

Career summary[edit]

  • 1932: Junior Medical Officer, Long Grove Mental Hospital, Epsom
  • 1933: Begins to read Jung
  • 1934: Fellow in Child Psychiatry, London Child Guidance Clinic
  • 1934-1936: in analysis with H. G. Baynes
  • 1934: visits Zurich to meet Jung, intending to train with him
  • 1935-1936: Spends a year as a General Practitioner in Barking
  • 1936: in analysis with Hilde Kirsch
  • 1936: part-time consultant at child guidance clinic in Nottingham
  • 1942: Consultant psychiatrist to evacuated children in Nottingham area
  • 1945: appointed co-editor of English translation of C. G. Jung's Collected Works
  • 1946: a founder of the Society of Analytical Psychology
  • 1946: Consultant to the Child Guidance Clinic at the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London
  • 1947: Degree of MD
  • 1971: Founder Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatry
  • 1970s: Working at the Tavistock Clinic on mother-child observations

Publications[edit]

  • The Life of Childhood (1944)
  • New Developments in Analytical Psychology (1957)
  • The Objective Psyche (1958)
  • Children as Individuals (1969, revised from The Life of Childhood)
  • The Self and Autism (1976)
  • The Making of an Analyst: a memoir (London: Free Association Books, 1993)

From 1945, Fordham was co-editor of the English translation of The Collected Works of C. G. Jung.

From 1955 to 1970 he was editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology

Family[edit]

In 1928, Fordham married Molly Swabey, and their son Max was born in 1933. In 1940, his marriage was dissolved and he married secondly Frieda Hoyle, who died in 1987.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Love's Labour's Lost Performance At Gresham's School in The Times, Wednesday, July 9, 1924 (Issue 43699); p. 12, col C

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