Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:

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Dear Prof. Zimbardo,

Back when psychologists still sent cards to each other requesting reprints of published articles, I received a reprint request from you and of course I quickly complied. The year was 1989 and it was my first mainstream, first-authored publication (Johnson & Eagly, 1989, Psychological Bulletin, "Effects of Involvement on Persuasion: A Meta-analysis"), and it rested partly on the work you had done for your dissertation, published in JAbSP in 1960.

That you noticed it and added the note "Excellent Work!" made it a very special occasion; that the very first time that anyone sent a reprint request to me made it the icing on the cake. I still have that card. Thank you!

Congratulations on both a very fine career and best wishes on your retirement!

Blair T. Johnson
University of Connecticut
United States

Using films from your educational series when I taught introductory psychology several years ago made the class so much more interesting and fun to teach! Good luck in your retirement and thanks for your wonderful contribution to the field.

Kelly Johnson
United States

Dear Phil,

I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your passion for bringing social psychology alive for both professionals and laypeople alike. I love to talk about your prison study in my social class because it conveys such a strong and important message. It is truly one of the most important studies in the field. Thanks, by the way, for developing the great web site for this study.

Thanks also for the many videos you have created over the years. I have repeatedly used the Discovering Psychology video segment entitled “the power of the situation” in my social class to set up what I tell them is the “bread and butter” of social psychology, social influence, and I have used more times than I can count the video “Candid Camera Classics for Social Psychology.” My students (and I) are especially fond of the clips “Picketing Against Everything with Nothing,” “Don’t walk on the Black Squares,” “Don’t Eat Light,” “Invisible Glass”, and “Face the Rear.” These clips effectively illustrate, in a very funny way, important social psychological principles, and I’m sure they have helped my teaching evaluations!

Best wishes on an enjoyable retirement. You deserve it.

Jeff Joireman
Washington State University
United States


What a show, your career, your persona, your accomplishments, your contributions to so many facets of psychology and life. I have enjoyed knowing you, working with you, and admiring your energy, creativity, total involvement in life.

You are a treasure and I am privileged to count you not only as a colleague but as a friend. You have many honors that you can claim and rightfuly so, but I reserve the claim of being the first African American graduate student in psychology at Yale.

Thanks for everything, and my best wishes.

James Jones
University of Delaware
United States

Dr. Zimbardo,

I teach social psychology. Your work has meant much to me and the students I have taught. The prison study alone taught us much about how vulnerable we are to the roles of power and powerlessness we could encounter.

Thank you for your important work and congratulations on your retirement!

Lela Joscelyn
Mount Mary College
United States

Dear Phil:

Getting to know you has been a true highlight of my Stanford experience. And I still love to watch you on late-night public television all around the world. Thank you for everything you have given to the world of social psychology.

John Jost
Stanford University
United States

With gratitude and admiration for all that you have done for Social Psychology!

Joseph Juhasz
University of Colorado
United States

Somehow it is impossible for me to think of you as "retiring." It's just not in your personality.

Pete Jumars
Univ. Maine & CSSP
United States

Dear Phil,

We will miss your daily presence, but your inspiration as a teacher of tremendous generosity, imagination, and brilliance will stand forever at Stanford as an ideal.

All best wishes!

Charlie Junkerman
Stanford University
United States

Congratulations, Phil! Thanks for all of the reprints you sent me, and thanks for joining our table at the French Embassy at SESP.

Best regards,

Frank Kardes
University of Cincinnati
United States

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