MILES, George Herbert



12th August 1880 to 1st January 1970


Biographical Text

Miles was born on 12 August 1880, probably in London. He was educated at Westminster College and then the University of London. During the First World War he served in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of second lieutenant. Following the war he joined the National Institute of Industrial Psychology as secretary. He became assistant director in 1921 and director in 1930, stepping down in 1937. He went on to do research on synthetic training devices.  

Major works 

The Will to Work, 1927. 

The Problem of Incentives in Industry, 1932. 

(with H.J. Welch) Industrial Psychology in Practice, 1935. 


Original Source

‘The place of psychology in industry’, September 1922, Balliol College


“MILES, George Herbert,” The Rowntree Business Lectures and the Interwar British Management Movement, accessed May 27, 2020,