With great sadness we inform you that Ken Craik passed away on March 29, 2012 at his home in Berkeley, CA.
Ken was a classic ecological psychologist in the sense that he emphasized the necessity of understanding persons by studying them within the ordinary contextual influences of their everyday lives. He brought this perspective to wide variety of substantive topics ranging from personality assessment, perception of time, and political psychology, to the psychology of humor and reputation. Starting from the position that “lives are lived day by day, one day at a time, from day to day, day after day, day in day out” his methodological interests focused on recording what people do in the daily lives; his influential “Lived Day” studies, in which he and his team followed participants around with video cameras for a full day, served as a forerunner to the recent wave of ambulatory methods developed to study people in situ. As a founder of the Journal of Environmental Psychology and of the Environmental Psychology Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, Craik was instrumental in establishing the field of Environmental Psychology as we know it today.
Over the course of his long career at UC Berkeley, the lives of many scholars were enriched by working with him, including David Buss, Brian Little, Bob Hogan, Avril Thorne, Sam Gosling, Rick Robins, Dan Ozer, Aaron Ware, Gail Agronick, Melissa Williams, Michael Shopshire, Robert Raskin, and Nick Feimer.
He was a modest, cultured, kind, learned, and extraordinarily generative scholar. We are going to miss him immensely.