Doctor Frederick Bartlett
From Tatters of the King
Doctor Frederick Bartlett will be best remembered as an eminent research psychologist. He attained a first class degree in Moral Sciences in 1914 at the age of 28.
In the same year as his graduation and appointment as an Assistant in Experimental Psychology, war broke out and all of his seniors in Cambridge left for war service. Bartlett was ineligible for service due to a heart condition (he tried to enlist three times), and so he was appointed Temporary Director of the department. This resulted in the unheard of event in his almost immediately promotion from undergraduate student status to head of Psychology at Cambridge.
Two years ago he left Cambridge to work for the Tavistock Clinic in London.
On December 10th 1928, at Mullardoch House, Loch Mullardoch, Scotland, Bartlett lost his right eye and much of the right side of his face in a fight with the creature that used to be Montague Edwards. After this he wore a partial mask to cover the damage.
Parents dead. No siblings. No children. Wife: Emily Mary (formerly Smith), married in 1920 (met her during a research project). They live in Wimbledon.
Has (he believes) the largest swallow-tail butterfly collection in England.
- William Tyrell, Permanent Under-Secretary (Foreign Office), met him during Bartlett's South Africa trip 1923-24. Their wives get on rather well.
- Laurens van der Post, a young Afrikaaner gentleman, journalist, humanitarian and explorer whom Frederic has taken a liking to. Frederick and Mary attended his wedding in Dorset on March the 8th. He has been staying in England this year and he tends to visit London on a regular basis, always remembers to stop by, entertaining everyone with his stories and ideas.
- As reader and former director of the Cambridge laboratory, Bartlett has some research staff at his disposal and present & former colleagues in medicine and academia. He also has access to the not inconsiderable resources of the Tavistock Clinic.