Thomas Hunter (psychologist)

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Sir Thomas Alexander Hunter KBE (28 February 1876 – 20 April 1953) was a New Zealand psychologist, university professor and administrator. He was vice chancellor of the University of New Zealand from 1929 to 1947, chairman of Massey Agricultural College from 1936 to 1938, and principal of Victoria University College from 1938 to 1951.[1]

In 1935, Hunter was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[2] He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1939 King's Birthday Honours,[3] and in 1952 he became an honorary fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Hunter was the first professor of psychology in New Zealand, and the Hunter Award was established in 1972 in his memory. It is awarded every three years by the New Zealand Psychological Society.[4]


  1. ^ Beaglehole, Tim. "Hunter, Thomas Alexander". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "No. 34633". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1939. p. 3866. 
  4. ^ "Hunter Award, Guideline Document". The New Zealand Psychological Society. May 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  • Hunter, Sir Thomas (Alexander), Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 1 February 2012