William James (1842–1910) was a famous American philosopher and psychologist, the ‘father of American psychology’. Among his most influential books is the two volume work, The Principles of Psychology (1890).
William James was born in New York City. His father, a wealthy man, sent his children to European boarding schools and travelled widely in Europe with them. James first studied chemistry, then medicine. In 1865 he travelled with the biologist Louis Agassiz to the Amazon River basin to collect sample of species. In 1867 James studied physiology in Germany...
William Temple (1881–1944), Archbishop of Canterbury and a pupil of F. M. Alexander.
William Temple was a British churchman and Archbishop of Canterbury (1942-44). He was a conservative Christian but politically of socialist orientation. His broad-minded idealism is expressed in Nature, Man and God (1934) and Christianity and Social Order (1942). He started having lessons with F. M. Alexander in the early 1930s, during the time he was Archbishop of York (1929–42).
F. M. Alexander lists ‘The late Archbishop of Canterbury’ as one of his pupils in the 1945...
Yvonne Becker (1942?–2018), South African teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Yvonne Becker worked as a school teacher and librarian before training in the Alexander Technique. She trained as an Alexander Technique Teacher in Cape Town with Joyce Roberts and qualified in 1983. She then assisted Joyce Roberts in training teachers until 1987.
She was instrumental in establishing the South African Society of Teachers of the F. M. Alexander Technique (SASTAT) in February 1991 and was its Chair for several years.
‘Following inspiration’ by Marguerite...