J. Philippe Rushton


J. Philippe Rushton : biography

December 3, 1943 – October 2, 2012

Dimensional structure of personality

Beginning in 2008, Rushton researched the structure of personality. Over about a dozen papers, he argued there is a general factor of personality, similar to the g factor of psychometrics.Lynn, R. "Obituary: John Philippe Rushton, 1943-2012." Intelligence 41(1) (2013), 88-89.


In 2009 Rushton spoke at the Preserving Western Civilization conference in Baltimore. It was organized by Michael H. Hart for the stated purpose of "addressing the need" to defend "America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and European identity" from immigrants, Muslims, and African Americans. In his speech, Rushton said that Islam was not just a cultural, but also a genetic problem. He thought the religion and issues associated with it were not just a condition of the belief system. His theory was that Muslims have an aggressive personality with relatively closed, simple minds, and were less amenable to reason. Searchlight, Devin Burghart, April 2009 The Anti-Defamation League described the conference attendees as "racist academics, conservative pundits and anti-immigrant activists"., ADL, February 13, 2009


Rushton was born in Bournemouth, England. During his childhood, he emigrated with his family to South Africa, where he lived from age four to eight (1948–1952). His father was a building contractor and his mother came from France. The family moved to Canada, where Rushton spent most of his teen years. He returned to England for college, receiving a B.Sc. in psychology from Birkbeck College at the University of London in 1970, and, in 1973, his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics for work on altruism in children. He continued his work at the University of Oxford until 1974.

Rushton taught at York University in Canada from 1974–1976 and the University of Toronto until 1977. He moved to the University of Western Ontario and was made full professor (with tenure) in 1985. He received a D.Sc. from the University of London in 1992., University of Western Ontario, Charles Darwin Research Institute Owing to his controversial research that has sparked political debates, including Ontario’s premier David Peterson calling Rushton a racist, in 2005 The Ottawa Citizen described Rushton as the most famous university professor in Canada.

He published more than 250 articles and six books, including two on altruism, and one on scientific excellence, and co-authored an introductory psychology textbook.Roediger, H. L. III., Rushton, J. P., Capaldi, E. D., & Paris, S. G. (1984). Psychology. Boston: Little, Brown.(1987, 2nd Edition) He was a signatory of the opinion piece "Mainstream Science on Intelligence".Gottfredson, Linda (December 13, 1994). "Mainstream Science on Intelligence". Wall Street Journal, p A18. Linda S. Gottfredson, University of Delaware.

In late 2012, he died of cancer at age 68.http://www.yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oid=644735

updated November 3, 2012.