College of Liberal Arts

Psychology Professor Devendra Singh Dies

Fri, May 21, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Devendra Singh, professor of psychology, died May 18 at the age of 72. He taught at the university for 41 years.

A renowned scholar of evolutionary psychology, Singh specialized in physical attractiveness and the role of waist-hip-ratio. He also focused his research on eating disorders, obesity and personal relationships.

A highly respected teacher and researcher, Singh was the recipient of many teaching awards, including the Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for Unselfish Devotion to the University in 1995, and the first Golden Apple Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Council in 1976. He was nominated for the 1994-95 Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence. In 1977 he was nominated for the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and in 1972 he was nominated as one of the two best teachers among the 30 tenured faculty members in the Department of Psychology.

Singh, who was born in India in 1938, earned a master’s degree in psychology at Agra University in India in 1961. He earned his doctorate from Ohio State University in 1966. Before coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 1969, Singh held teaching positions at Wright State University and North Dakota State University. He will be cremated and his ashes will be taken to India.  

A memorial service will be held  at 2:00 pm., Saturday, June 12 in the Texas Union, Quadrangle Room, 3.304. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to UNICEF or ASPCA

Visit the psychology department's website for further information and to share comments or stories about Dr. Singh.


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