Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as the voice and face of contemporary American psychology. He gained fame through his widely seen PBS TV series: Discovering Psychology, The Stanford Prison Experiment research project, and as the author of the oldest current textbook in psychology: Psychology and Life (now in its 18th Edition) and his books on shyness in adults and in children.
Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now an Emeritus Professor), and previously taught at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He is currently on the faculty of the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.
He has received numerous awards and honours as an educator, researcher and writer, including most recently the Vaclav Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition.
Noted for his personal and professional efforts to actually 'give psychology away to the public', Zimbardo has also been a social-political activist, challenging the U.S. Government's wars in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as the American Correctional System.
His 2007 book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil , was a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book is The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life (2008).