Francis Arthur Powell Aveling (1875–1941)DD D.Sc PhD DLit MC[1][2] ComC[3][4] (25 December 1875 – 6 March 1941) was a Canadian psychologist and Roman Catholic priest. He was the president of the British Psychological Society from 1926 until 1929.[5]


Aveling went to school at Bishop Ridley College in Ontario, before studying at McGill University in Quebec, Keble College in Oxford, England, and the Canadian College in Rome where he obtain a Doctor of Divinity qualification.[4]

He obtained a PhD at the age of 35 from the University of Louvain and D.Sc and DLit qualifications from the University of London, where he was also awarded their Carpenter Medal.[4]


Aveling worked at University College, London from 1912 as a lecturer, under the leadership of Charles Spearman, until the First World War.[4] During the war he served in France as a chaplain in the British Army, after which he returned to the University of London.[1] In 1922 he transferred to King's College, London where he was became reader and later professor of psychology.[4] He married in 1925.

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  2. includeonly>"London Gazette", 3 June 1918, pp. 6462–6463.
  3. includeonly>"London Gazette", 7 October 1919, pp. 12414–12415.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 (July 1941)Obituary Notice Francis Aveling 1875-1941. British Journal of Psychology 32 (1): 1–4.
  5. Presidents of the British Psychological Society. History of Psychology Centre. URL accessed on 28 January 2012.
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