Doreen Kimura

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Doreen Kimura

Doreen Goebel

(1933-02-15)February 15, 1933
DiedFebruary 27, 2013(2013-02-27) (aged 80)
Alma materMcGill University
AwardsKistler Prize (2006)
Scientific career
FieldsBehavioural psychology

Doreen Kimura FRSC (February 15, 1933 – February 27, 2013) was a Canadian psychologist who was professor at the University of Western Ontario and professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University.[1] She was the founding president of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship.


Kimura held a PhD in psychology. Her interests included the relationship between sex and cognition and promoting academic freedom.

Kimura supported Lawrence Summers' claims that differences in male–female representation in the sciences could be due to innate ability.[2] She was a critic of affirmative action, arguing that it is demeaning to women.[3] She also supported the concept of the biological origin of differences in cognitive ability between males and females.[citation needed]

Select awards and recognition[edit]

  • Canadian Psychology Association award for Distinguished Contributions to Canadian Psychology as a Science, 1985
  • Canadian Association for Women in Science award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, 1986
  • Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
  • John Dewan Award, The Ontario Mental Health Foundation, 1992
  • Honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University, 1993
  • Sterling Prize in support of controversy, Simon Fraser University, 2000
  • Furedy Academic Freedom Award, Society for Academic Freedom & Scholarship, 2002
  • Distinguished Researcher, Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, 2005
  • Kistler Prize (2006)

Personal life[edit]

Kimura had one daughter named Charlotte Thistle.[citation needed]


  • Neuromotor mechanisms in human communication (1993), Oxford: OUP ISBN 0-19-505492-X
  • Sex and Cognition (2000), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press ISBN 0-262-61164-3


  1. ^ "Doreen Kimura – Obituaries – London, ON – Your Life Moments". Retrieved 2013-03-14.
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 20, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "kimura1". Retrieved 2013-03-14.

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