n Gender and Behaviour - Tribute to the memory of Alastair Charles Mundy-Castle, the founding professor of Psychology Department, University of Lagos who died on December 11, 2015

Volume 14 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1596-9231



As a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh, I had cause to pay an educational visit to Prof Jack Tizard of Psychology department Nottingham University in 1977. Unable to hide his surprise, he "politely" enquired how I secured admission into the Edinburgh programme and on being told that I had trained under Mundy-Castle at the University of Lagos, (Unilag) he snorted under his breath that he'd never heard of him. I told him Mundy-Castle, affectionately called Mundy had made a name in brain research and was currently interested in infant research. Tizard promptly reached for a large compendium entitled "The Competent Infant: Handbook of Readings (1974)" and lo and behold, Mundy-Castle's name and the chapter he had published while at Harvard University on the development of looking strategies in infants had placed him in good company! I was ten feet tall; Mundy had made me and the University of Lagos Psychology department proud and worthy. But how did it all start?

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