Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:

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Dear Phil,

You are too young to retire. We all expect many more years of valuable contributions to psychology and to society from you.


Morton Deutsch
Columbia University
United States

Dr. Zimbardo, you seem much too young to retire. You must have some new things that you are going to try as part of your retirement. I have enjoyed your video material as well as your website for use in my classes. Thank you for sharing your research and making it available to the undergraduate students.

Marlene DeVoe
St. Cloud State University
United States

Best wishes on your retirement!

My students have loved hearing about your work, and some have even considered your prison experiment to be their favorite among psychological experiments!

Amy Dicke Bohmann
Texas Lutheran University
United States


You aren't old enough to retire! What is going on here? You are young. But I think you will keep very busy, even though they call it retirement.

I have always admired you and your work, and want you to know that you are doing a great service bringing psychology to the public. Thanks so much for this contribution!

Ed Diener
University of Illinois
United States

To Phil--

We hope you have a wonderful retirement, although we can't imagine you in retirement. We know you will find new and inspiring activities whatever you do. You have been our leader, inspiration and good colleague.

--From all your friends in the Science Directorate

Science Directorate
American Psychological Association
United States

Your research and public advocacy of our discipline have meant a lot to me and to the field. Best wishes for a wonderful retirement.

Peter Ditto
University of California, Irvine
United States

As a psych teacher and researcher, I have used your films, cited your recent research (Caprara et al., 2000), and contributed a page to one of your textbooks (Zimbardo & Weber, 1997). When we met at a convention, you were most gracious. Thanks for your work, and my best for the future,

Roger Drake
Western State College of Colorado
United States

Dear Phil:

When I was an undergraduate at Barnard and took your social psychology course, your excitement about psychology was infectious. When I was a graduate student at Yale, your talks were high points for all of us. You have been such an important figure in the field. You are loved for your warmth and humor and esteemed for your pioneering contributions.

My very warmest wishes for your "retirement" -- although I cannot imagine you retiring in any way, shape, or form.

With great affection,

Carol Dweck
Columbia University
United States

Congratulations on all you have accomplished, Phil. You have been great at reaching out to that wider audience & explaining what social psychology is all about and why it matters to understand obediance, compliance, aggression, and a host of other phenomena.

Keep at it!

Alice Eagly
Northwestern University
United States

Dear Phil,

You’ve been a great colleague. I wish you all the best as you close one chapter of your career and begin another. I admire your vision, your energy, and your commitment to social psychology. You’ve taught me a great deal.

All hats off to you!

Jennifer Eberhardt
Stanford University
United States

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