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David Stenhouse

David Stenhouse
Born (1932-05-23)23 May 1932
Sutton, Surrey, England
Died 27 August 2013(2013-08-27) (aged 81)
Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
Occupation Author

David Stenhouse was born in Sutton, Surrey, England on 23 May 1932. He proposed the "4-factor" theory of evolutionary intelligence and was active in ethology, education, evolutionary biology and philosophy of science in Australia and New Zealand.

He died after a short illness on 27 August 2013 in Palmerston North, New Zealand.[1]

Early life and family

Stenhouse spent his childhood on the outskirts of London and in South-West Scotland, where his parents were from. His paternal grandfather, also called David, was the headmaster of the Sandbank school. The son of J.F.M. & M.M. Stenhouse, he has one sister, Joyce. His parents moved to New Zealand when he was in his teens. He has 7 children from 2 marriages. His eldest son, Dr. John Stenhouse, was a lecturer in History at Massey University, and is currently Associate Professor in History at the University of Otago.


After taking degrees in both Philosophy (under John Passmore) and Zoology at the University of Otago, he lectured at Universities in New Zealand and Australia – in the Department of Zoology at The University of Queensland, the Department of Education at Massey University, and the Department of Psychology at Massey University. He is the author of a number of books and articles.

Selected publications




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  2. ^ Stenhouse, David, "A NEW HABIT OF THE REDPOLL CARDUELIS FLAMMEA IN NEW ZEALAND", Ibis, 104: 250–252, doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1962.tb08652.x 
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