Peter Bryant (Inducted 2013)

University of Oxford, UK

Biographical Statement



Peter’s research is on perceptual and cognitive development in children from birth to the end of primary school. He was the Watts Professor of Psy-chology, University of Oxford, from 1980 until he retired in 2004, when he became Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Education, University of Oxford and Visiting Professor (2004-09) at Oxford Brookes University. He was the founding editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology (1983-1988) and the editor of Cognitive Development (2000-06). In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. By far Peter Bryant’s greatest contributions are in the domain of children’s reading and spelling. He received the distinguished scientist award from the Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading in 2000 in recognition for this research on reading and spelling. His work provided the first hard an fast evidence for the casual relation between phonological awareness and children’s progress in reading and spelling (Bradley & Bryant, Nature, 1983). He subsequently wrote an interpretive book (Bryant and Bradley, 1985, Children’s Reading Problems), which is widely used by teachers and in teacher education in many countries.