Merlin Wilfred Donald
I have pursued the academic life with some passion, ranging across several disciplines, from neuroscience to psychology and philosophy. My main interest has been to explore and analyze the interrelationships between mind, brain, and culture, including especially the field of Cognitive Archaeology, and the cognitive foundations of art and religion. After doing research in what was then the new field of cognitive neuroscience at McGill and Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
In the sixties, I moved to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1972, retiring in 2005 as Emeritus Professor after serving as Professor and Head of Psychology. Following that, I became founding Chair of the new Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. I have held shorter appointments at many institutions, including Harvard, Stanford, University College, London, Lund University in Sweden, the Swedish Collegium, Uppsala, and Aarhus University in Denmark. I have been a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1995, and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science since 2006.
All in all, with so many interests and colleagues, it has been a blast! My wife Thais and I recently retired to Port Hope, just outside Toronto, in the Northumberland Hills. The main shock of retirement is the tremendous freedom – something we haven’t experienced in this degree for a while.
I see exciting times ahead.