Along with a keynote address by Jonathan Kellerman, PhD, the opening session of APA's Annual Convention will also feature the presentation of the 2003 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology award to George Miller, PhD, a pioneer in cognitive science.
Miller says he was surprised by the honor. "It certainly is heartwarming to be recognized by my peers," he says. "It is one of the best things that has ever happened to me."
Miller, an APA president in 1969, has been an innovator in the study of language and cognition, helping to establish psycholinguistics as an independent field of research in psychology. He was a co-founder of the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies in 1960 and helped to establish the Princeton Cognitive Science Laboratory in 1986. While there, his work in psycholinguistic theories led him to become the principal investigator in the development of WordNet, an online lexical database.
Miller was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1991, the highest scientific honor awarded by the U.S. president. He has worked at various universities during his career, including Rockefeller University and Harvard University, where he also chaired the psychology department. He also served as program director of the McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience, and now is the James S. McDonnell distinguished university professor of psychology emeritus at Princeton University.