Ru­dolph Schaf­fer

BORN BER­LIN, JULY 21, 1926. DIED GLAS­GOW, FE­BRU­ARY 23, 2008, 81.

The Jewish Chronicle - - Obituaries -

AMA­JOR FIG­URE in the psy­chol­ogy of child de­vel­op­ment, Pro­fes­sor Ru­dolph Schaf­fer was 12 when he came to Bri­tain on a Kin­der­trans­port.

Sent to a Quaker board­ing school in York­shire, he stud­ied ar­chi­tec­ture at Liver­pool Univer­sity but gave it up to go to Lon­don and study psy­chol­ogy at Birk­beck Col­lege evening classes while work­ing for a glass ex­port com­pany. His par­ents per­ished in the Holo­caust.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing and mar­ry­ing Eve­lyn Jack­son in 1950, he worked from 1951-55 at Lon­don’s fa­mous Tav­i­s­tock Clinic, fo­cus­ing on the prob­lems of chil­dren sep­a­rated from par­ents. Mov­ing to Glas­gow, he worked from 195563 as a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist at the Hospi­tal for Sick Chil­dren and gained his doc­tor­ate at Glas­gow Univer­sity.

He be­came an in­ter­na­tion­ally known fig­ure from 1964, when he be­came a found­ing mem­ber of the psy­chol­ogy de­part­ment of the newly cre­ated Univer­sity of Strath­clyde un­til re­tir­ing as emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor in 1992. He then trained mem­bers of the Chil­dren’s Panel in Scot­land.

A pop­u­lar teacher, deep re­searcher and pro­lific writer, he also taught at the Open Univer­sity, which awarded him an hon­orary doc­tor­ate, and was found­ing ed­i­tor of the aca­demic jour­nal So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

He is sur­vived by his wife, son and daugh­ter, and four grand­chil­dren.

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