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Jul 09, 2021
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A.A.J. (Tony) Marley Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Emeritus A.A.J. (Tony) Marley Wins the Society for Mathematical Psychology Senior Fellow Award (2021).

MATHPSYCH.ORG — Professor Emeritus A.A.J. (Tony) Marley was named winner of the prestigious Society for Mathematical Psychology Senior Fellow Award (2021) on July 9, 2021, for his lifetime contributions to the field of mathematical psychology. Professor Marley won the prize for his contributions in the mathematical modeling of psychological phenomena, the mentorship of students, faculty, and others, with a particular focus on advancing the field of mathematical psychology, and for his service that has advanced the field of mathematical psychology.

Dr. A.A.J. (Tony) Marley

An extract from the nomination letter reads: “I believe Tony scores extremely high on the three primary dimensions of consideration for this award: (1) Research contributions; (2) Service to the field and [Society for Mathematical Psychology]; (3) Mentorship of younger members. First, we observe that the field of scientific psychology has recognized Tony’s manifold contributions with a long list of awards, too many to recount here, but including a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship, a Fulbright Study Grant, and a number of fellowships in various scientific societies. Second, his research has attracted extramural support over many decades, many of these in collaboration with scientists around the world. Third, one feature of Tony’s career that supersedes that of virtually anyone else in the field, is the interdisciplinary and indeed, international nature of his research. [...] In each of [his] positions, he has had extensive mentoring roles, for young faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.”

Professor Marley earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He was both a Fulbright Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellow. In 1969, Professor Marley joined the faculty at the Department of Psychology at McGill University, where in 1992 he became department Chair, and in 2002 he became Emeritus. During that period, Professor Marley was a visiting associate professor at University of Washington (1973), and a visiting lecturer at University of Sydney. In 2003, he joined the Department of Psychology at University of Victoria. Marley was president of the Society for Mathematical Psychology from 1994-95, and Editor for the Journal of Mathematical Psychology from 1980-1985.

The award decision was made in early June of 2021. Sadly, Professor Marley passed away on June 14, 2021, before he could be informed of the award. He was 81 years old.

To learn more about Professor Marley's research, visit here.

About the Society for Mathematical Psychology

The Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation. The official journals of the society are Journal of Mathematical Psychology and Computational Brain & Behavior.

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