- Honorary Degree (1922)
- Doctor of Laws
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Presenter: William Lowe Bryan
- National Academies (1905)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Ernest Hiram Lindley, a native Hoosier and a renowned educator, was born October 2, 1869 in Paoli, Indiana. He died at sea while traveling from Japan on August 21, 1940. He graduated with a B.A. from the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University in 1893 and received his M.A. in 1894 and a Ph.D. from Clark University in 1897. During his post-doctoral work he studied at Harvard, the Universities of Jena, Leipzig, and Heidelberg, and received the Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Indiana University in 1922.
Lindley was an instructor in philosophy at Indiana University Bloomington from 1893-1897, assistant professor from 1897-1898, associate professor in psychology (Department of Philosophy), 1898-1902, and psychology professor and head of philosophy, 1902-1917. From 1917-1920, he was President of the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. He went on to become the Chancellor of the University of Kansas from 1920-1939. He retired in 1939 and went on a tour of the Orient to study educational institutions.
Lindley was an accomplished author and researcher. He belonged to the American Psychological Association, Religious Education Association, Western Philosophical Association, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Chi. He was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1905.
Lindley Hall at IU Bloomington was named for him in 1962. At the naming ceremony, he was described as a "wise scholar...inspiring leader of youth...fearless champion of high academic standards and intellectual freedom...father of the Department of Philosophy."