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Farrington, David P.
David Philip Farrington was born in 1944 at Ormskirk, Lancashire, England, the youngest son of William and Gladys Farrington. His father was an engineer who worked for the English army in a civilian capacity. David's early schooling was at the Ormskirk Grammar School, where he passed national scholarship exams in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, which made it possible for him to begin to study at Cambridge University in 1963. He did his undergraduate work at Clare College, where he received his BA degree in psychology in 1966 and played soccer for his college. Subsequently, he obtained his MA and his PhD in psychology and developed skills and interest in experimental psychology, writing a dissertation, “Continuity and Discontinuity in Human Learning.” However, Farrington found himself more interested in longitudinal studies and obtained a position in 1969 as research officer at Dr. Donald West's Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development, the most important ...