Professor of psychology.
A new biography of Beaglehole, Ernest appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.p>Ernest Beaglehole was born in Wellington on 25 August 1906. He was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University of Wellington before attending the London School of Economics and Yale University. From 1934 to 1936 he undertook psychological and anthropological field work in Arizona and the South Seas and for the next two years was a research associate at Bishop Museum and the University of Hawaii. In 1937 he was appointed senior lecturer in mental and moral philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, which post he held until his promotion to the chair of psychology in 1948. Ernest Beaglehole was Chief of the United Nations' and Special Agencies' Mission to Bolivia in 1953–54 and since then has been Chairman of the International Labour Organisation's Committee of Experts on Indigenous Labour. Among his publications are Property (1932), Hopi Economic Life (1937), Ethnology of Pukapuka (1938), Islands of Danger (1944), Modern Maoris (1948), and Social Change in the South Pacific (1957). He is a fellow of leading overseas associations in his field, an F.R.S.N.Z. (1947) and a Hector medallist.