Sybil B. G. Eysenck

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Sybil and her husband Hans

Sybille Bianca Giulietta Eysenck (/ˈzɛŋk/; March 1927 to December 2020) was a personality psychologist and the widow of the psychologist Hans Eysenck, with whom she collaborated as psychologists at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, as co-authors and researchers.


Sybil Eysenck (née Rostal) was born on 16 March 1927 as the only child of violinist Max Rostal and cellist Sela Trau (1898-1991)[1] in Vienna. In 1934, she went with her parents into exile to Great Britain. In 1946 she became a naturalised British subject.[2] Sybil Eysenck died on 5 December 2020 in London, England, at the age of 93.

Sybil Eysenck received a BSc in psychology in 1952, and a PhD in Psychology in 1955, both from the University London. After a long career (1953-1992) as a psychologist and senior lecturer at the Institute Psychiatry in London, England, she retired in 1992. After her retirement from psychology, Eysenck became a magistrate in London.

Eysenck was the former editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Personality and Individual Differences[3] and the author of the Junior Eysenck Personality Inventory[4] and its accompanying manuals.


  1. ^ Sela Trau, biography
  2. ^ Max Rostal - Personal Data – Data from her father in the Lexikon verfolgter Musiker und Musikerinnen der NS-Zeit by University of Hamburg (German)
  3. ^ Rodriquez, Tessie J. (2009). Understanding Human Behavior. Rex Bookstore, Inc. p. 197. ISBN 9789712352447.
  4. ^ WorldCat