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Hinde, Robert A. (1923-)

British biologist and psychologist at Cambridge and the MRC; studied at Cambridge, then took a D.Phil. at Oxford (1950). Hinde was influenced in his early studies of bird behavior by David Lack and Niko Tinbergen. At the suggestion of John Bowlby, Hinde studied motherinfant relationships in rhesus monkeys, and particularly the effects of mother-infant separation. This led to the supervision of students who worked on nonhuman primates and elephants in Africa and the Caribbean, including the work of Jane Goodall on chimpanzees and Dian Fossey on gorillas. Hinde next studied the relationships of human four-year-olds with their mothers and peers. Hinde has also written on the biological bases of religions and of moral codes. Hinde is the recipient of several medals, has been awarded many honorary degrees, and is a Commander of the British Empire. In addition to over 300 journal articles and book chapters, Hinde has co-edited 15 books, and is author of Ethology (1982) and Why Good is Good: Sources of Morality (2002).

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