Name and Degrees
Beate Hermelin, BA, PhD
Major Appointments (Institution, Location, Dates)
Medical Research Council, London, ca 1960–ca 1985.
Major Honors and Awards
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions
Beate Hermelin was a strikingly original experimental psychologist with an unconventional career and unconventional thinking. It is impossible to talk of her work without also talking of the work of Neil O’Connor, as almost all her publications include both names. Hermelin and O’Connor conducted a series of groundbreaking experimental studies, which tried to explain and interpret the mind of the autistic child. This work, carried out during the 1960s, culminated in a monograph published in 1970. They were the first to systematically ask questions about the cognitive abilities of severely intellectually impaired children, who had previously been considered untestable and ineducable. In their ingeniously and elegantly...
References and Readings
- Hermelin, B. (2001). Bright splinters of the mind. A personal story of research with autistic savants. London: Jessica Kingsley.Google Scholar
- Hermelin, B., & O’Connor, N. (1970). Psychological experiments with autistic children. Oxford: Pergamon.Google Scholar
- O’Connor, N., & Hermelin, B. (1963). Speech and thought in severe subnormality. Oxford: Pergamon.Google Scholar
- O’Connor, N., & Hermelin, B. (1978). Seeing and hearing and space and time. Oxford: Pergamon.Google Scholar
- American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual (4th ed., Text Rev.). Washington, DC: APA Press.Google Scholar
- Howlin, P. (2005). Outcomes in autism spectrum disorders. In F. R. Volkmar, A. Klin, R. Paul, & D. J. Cohen (Eds.), Handbook of autism and pervasive developmental disorders (Vol. I, pp. 640–649). Hoboken: Wiley.Google Scholar
- Kanner, L. (1943). Autistic disturbances of affective contact. Nervous Child, 2, 217–250.Google Scholar