Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:
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Congratulations on a wonderful career, and thanks from one of the many who was inspired by your work.
As a doctoral student at Stanford in the 1990s, I decided to make a list of my dissertation "dream team" -- people I wanted to coach me in researching how computers could persuade people. I thought hard about this dream team and ended up with a list of four names. I knew three of these people quite well. But there was a problem with one person on my list: this person, Phil Zimbardo, didn't know me at all. And that posed a problem. How could I get this amazing person to be on my thesis committee?
I decided to just go for it. Of course, I knew my invitation was a longshot, but why not try? I wrote a careful email and sent it off.
A few days later an email appeared in my inbox from "firstname.lastname@example.org."
Phil, I was flattered you had written back. But I was even more flattered by your response: You said you were very busy and weren't taking on new students; however, you would make an exception for me. I re-read your email several times to make sure I got it right. There was no mistake: "Phil Zimbardo said yes!"
I knew this was a big step forward for me. But I couldn't foresee the large positive impact you would have on me and my career.
I could go through point by point, detailing the contributions you've made, but instead let me fast forward to 2003 and summarize: Thanks in large part to your help, I have published a critically acclaimed book on captology, I teach courses and seminars on this topic at Stanford and around the world, and I direct research and design at the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab. Best of all, I enjoy my work immensely.
Please know of my deep appreciation for your help and support.
As a high school Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate psychology teacher, I have used your video tapes, journal articles, and interviews to enhance my instruction for many years. You have been a part of my life and the lives of thousands of students. Many of my students are now research and clinical psychologists and psychiatrists partly because of your professionalism, sense of humor, and achievement. Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement.
Dr. Ronald Foore
Booker T. Washington HS
Phil Zimbardo has capped a great career by being one of the best APA presidents ever. In his twelve months as president, he overhauled the structure of the APA convention, almost single-handedly brought in a great group of plenary speakers and presidential track symposia, smoothly steered the Board of Directors through a number of crises, managed to find time to give the APA staff an exciting series of lectures on psychology to standing room only crowds, and masterfully managed the recruitment and employment of a new APA CEO. He did all of this while maintaining his characteristic enthusiasm, good humor, and generosity of spirit. I am glad he was my last president and that we are friends for life.
American Psychological Association
Congratulations on the occasion of your retirement and many thanks for all you have done on behalf of the science and the profession of psychology. All of your colleagues are in your debt in some shape, form, or fashion. Good fortune and good luck to you!
During my Presidency of Division 45, you were terrific and generous helping us to expand our student and young professional initiatives. Thanks. You set a mean curve, now smell the roses, relax and enjoy. Of course, I suspect that will be difficult given that New York energy level.
All the best.
APA Division 45 & CCNY
On this occasion
All honor to Zimbardo
Mentor, scholar, friend.
University of Michigan
Phil, from one who has been retired for a couple years, you have a great time of your life ahead.
All the best to you for many more years of fulfillment.
Case Western Reserve University
I wish you all the best for your future.
I remember you from when I was a doctoral student with Martin Irle in Mannheim, when you visited Mannheim. I think we were eating in Heidelberg on evening in a restaurant, together with your wife, with Ursula Irle and Martin Irle. Before and after this, I admired all your work, and all your fascinating presentations.
After my postdoctoral lecture qualification in Mannheim, I was for many years a professor in Kiel. In between, I was Theodor-Heuss Professor at the New School in New York. Presently, I am in Munich, since ten years. Very often I tell my students that you are one of my models in research and in teaching psychology, and especially in presenting the know-how of our science also to people outside our discipline and outside the university.
Thank you for all you have given to our discipline! I wish you and your family all the best!
In 1971, I heard you say that you had hypnotized yourself to relax when you saw the blue walls of the Blue Room. This was oddest thing that I ever heard a speaker say (before or since), and so I have remembered it for more than 30 years. You then said some things about the great manipulative power found in a recently completed prison study. The crisis in social psychology had not yet reached Stanford or Yale. But we are all the better for the turbulence. On your retirement, I can sum up you and your impact in one word: unforgettable. Thanks!
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