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1Name:  Dr. Roger Newland Shepard
 Institution:  Stanford University
 Year Elected:  1999
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  305
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1929
 Death Date:  May 30, 2022
Roger Shepard received his Ph.D. from Yale University. Currently the Ray Lyman Wilber Professor of Social Science Emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Shepard has also served as professor of psychology and director of the psychological laboratories at Harvard University and as a department head at Bell Telephone Laboratories. He is the recipient of the James McKeen Cattell Fund Award, the Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the Award in the Behavioral Sciences from the New York Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, the Wilbur Lucius Cross medal of the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association, the Rumelhart Prize in Cognitive Science, and the National Medal of Science. He has also received honorary degrees from Harvard, Rutgers, and the University of Arizona. Dr. Shepard is the author of over 100 scientific papers and three books, including: (with L.A. Cooper) Mental Images and Their Transformations (1982) and Mind Sights (1990, with translations published in German, 1991, French, 1992, Japanese, 1993, and Korean, 1994). He has served as president of the Psychometric Society. Roger Shepard's influential experimental and theoretical contributions to the cognitive and behavioral sciences include his development of widely used methods of multidimensional scaling and clustering for the discovery and quantification of structures implied by qualitative data; his objective demonstration and quantification of the analog nature of imagined spatial transformations and mental imagery; his establishment of a universal law of generalization; and his demonstrations of the role of cognitive structures in visual perception, illusion, and art and in auditory perception, illusion, and music. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1999.
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