The eminent neuropsychologist Malcolm A. Jeeves
, a past president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy, is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of St. Andrews. He was Foundation Professor of Psychology there from 1969 to 1993 and established the university's acclaimed psychology department. His own research has focused on brain mechanisms and neuroplasticity. Educated at the Stamford School in Lincolnshire, he went up to Cambridge University after serving as an acting company commander with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (part of the "Desert Rats") in Germany following World War II. He studied natural sciences at St. John's College, received his Ph.D. in psychology from Cambridge in 1956, and also did graduate work at Harvard University. Before joining the St. Andrews faculty, he was a lecturer at Leeds University and Foundation Professor of Psychology at Adelaide University in South Australia. He served as vice principal of St. Andrews from 1981 to 1985 and as director of the Medical Research Council's Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group at St. Andrews from 1981 to 1986. A past member of three of Britain's most active research bodies, the Science and Engineering Research Council, the Neuroscience and Mental Health Board of the Medical Research Council, and the Manpower Sub-Committee of the Advisory Board for the Research Councils, Dr. Jeeves was formerly chairman of the International Neuropsychology Symposium and editor-in-chief of Neuropsychologia
. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Psychological Society, and the Australian Psychological Society, as well as the recipient of South Australia's Abbie Medal and the Cairns Medal given by the Society of Neurologists and Neurosurgeons of South Australia. Queen Elizabeth II made him a Commander of the British Empire in 1992. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from the universities of Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Stirling. Dr. Jeeves is currently a member of the board of advisors of the John Templeton Foundation. The author of more than one hundred scientific papers and fifteen books, including eight related to science and faith, his most recent studies are Human Nature at the Millennium
(1997), (with R.J. Berry) Science, Life, and Christian Belief
(1998), an edited volume of essays, From Cells to Souls—and Beyond: Changing Portraits of Human Nature
(2004), and (with Warren Brown), Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature
, an overview of what brain science can tell us about the phenomenon of religiosity, which was published by the Templeton Press in 2009. His most recent edited volume, Rethinking Human Nature
, was published by Wm. B. Eerdmans in 2011. Dr. Jeeves is honorary sheriff of Cupar, Fife in Scotland.