John A. Michon (1935) is emeritus professor of psychonomics (cognitive psychology) at Leiden University. Following an early career as a research scientist at the (then) TNO Institute for Perception in Soesterberg (1960-1973), he was appointed professor and chair of experimental psychology and professor of traffic science at the University of Groningen (1971-1992) and, subsequently, director of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Criminality and Law Enforcement (NSCR) in Leiden and research professor of criminal psychology and law enforcement at Leiden University (1992-1998). Finally, from 1998 until his retirement in 2002 he was senior research professor of psychonomics at Leiden University.
His research, over the past fifty years, has covered a variety of areas in cognitive psychology, psychophysics, ergonomics, traffic safety, and the behavioural sciences in general. In particular he has entertained a career-long interest in the temporal structure of cognition and (skilled) performance.
He has been actively engaged in promoting the cause of cognitive science in the Netherlands and abroad. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1981) and the Academia Europea (London, 1989). He holds a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Liège in Belgium (1995) and a Knighthood in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (2002).