Alexander Bain Facts

Alexander Bain Facts
Alexander Bain (June 11, 1818 to September 18, 1903) was a philosopher and educational pioneer from Aberdeen, Scotland. He is most well-known for his work in which he applied the fundamental principles of the scientific method to psychology.
Interesting Alexander Bain Facts:
Bain was educated until age eleven when he left formal schooling to work as a weaver alongside his father.
He managed to take advantage of learning opportunities like public lectures to supplement his home study.
By 1836, he was able to enroll in Marischal College to begin studying mathematics. He won a number of awards and recognitions while a student there.
After serving over the course of a few years as both a professor and a contributor to major academic journals, Bain moved to London to work as a social reformer and writer, becoming included in the inner circles of many renowned academics of his day.
In 1860, he was appointed as the first-ever Regis Chair of Logic and the Regis Chair of English at the newly formed University of Aberdeen, which was established from the merger of three different area universities.
While serving in this capacity, he established the first School of Philosophy at the university, as well as brought greater focus and importance on English and literature at the Scottish school. These measures improved the curricula of the university as a whole and increased the importance of the university as an academic center.
Having already written and published one book, as well as edited a peer's work in the past, Bain turned his attention to creating textbooks for the English department that would meet the educational needs of students at the University of Aberdeen.
These books gained wider acceptance than just the northern Scotland area, and he then began drafting textbooks on philosophy and logic.
He became even more widely known for his work in psychology, and his theory of psychophysical parallelism is still widely regarded by psychologists today.
Thanks to his study and influence in philosophy and psychology, Bain became a highly respected social reformer, especially taking an active role in supporting a greater scope of science education and the need to incorporate more modern languages into the curricula.
His work in social reform, specifically in education, led to his being awarded an honorary doctorate in Law from the University of Edinburgh.
Despite retiring from his university positions, he continued working and writing, with more published works following his previous titles.


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