Richard Lynn

Psychologist, Academic

1930 –


Who is Richard Lynn?

Richard Lynn is a British Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Ulster who is known for his views on racial, ethnic and national differences in intelligence.

Lynn was educated at Bristol Grammar School and King's College, Cambridge in England. He has worked as lecturer in psychology at the University of Exeter, and as professor of psychology at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, and at the University of Ulster at Coleraine. He has written or co-written 11 books and more than 200 journal articles spanning five decades. Two of his recent books are on dysgenics and eugenics.

In the late 1970s, Lynn wrote that he found a higher average IQ in North-East Asians compared to "Europeans", and Europeans to be about 2 standard deviations higher than Sub-Saharan Africans. In 1990, he proposed that the Flynn effect – an observed year-on-year rise in IQ scores around the worldcould possibly be explained by improved nutrition, especially in early childhood. In two books co-written with Tatu Vanhanen he argues that differences in developmental indexes among the nations of the world correlate with, and are possibly caused by, the average IQ of their citizens.

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Also known as
  • Линн, Ричард
  • United Kingdom
  • University of Cambridge
  • Bristol Grammar School
Lived in
  • Bristol

on July 23, 2013


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