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Gordon W. Allport

Gordon W. AllportAKA Gordon Willard Allport

Born: 11-Nov-1897
Birthplace: Montezuma, IN
Died: 9-Oct-1967
Location of death: Cambridge, MA
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Psychologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Personality: A Psychological Interpretation

American psychologist Gordon W. Allport studied personality and prejudice, advanced the science of personality tests, advocated non-experimental methods of data collection and analysis, and predicted the fall of apartheid in South Africa. He often told the story of his frustrating meeting with Sigmund Freud in Vienna, where the two psychologists sat in silence, each waiting for the other to speak, until Allport attempted to make small talk and Freud responded by attempting to plumb the psychological depths of Allport's comments. Allport used this anecdote to remind psychologists not to search for psychological subtext in every insignificant remark.

Father: John Edwards Allport (physician, b. 1863)
Mother: Nellie Edith Wise (teacher, b. 1862)
Brother: Harold Allport
Brother: Floyd Allport (psychologist, b. 1890, d. 1978)
Brother: Fayette Allport
Wife: Ada Lufkkin Gould (psychologist, m. 30-Jun-1925)
Son: Robert Bradley Allport (physician, b. 1927)

    High School: Glenville High School, Cleveland, OH (1915)
    University: BA Economics & Philosophy, Harvard University (1919)
    Teacher: Sociology, Robert College of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
    University: MA Psychology, Harvard University (1921)
    University: PhD Psychology, Harvard University (1922)
    Scholar: University of Berlin (1922-23)
    Scholar: University of Hamburg (1922-23)
    Scholar: Cambridge University (1923-24)
    Lecturer: Sociology, Harvard University (1924-26)
    Teacher: Ass't Prof. of Psychology, Dartmouth College (1926-30)
    Teacher: Ass't Prof. of Psychology, Harvard University (1930-37)
    Teacher: Assoc. Prof. of Psychology, Harvard University (1937-42)
    Professor: Psychology, Harvard University (1942-67)

    Journal of Abnormal Psychology Editor (1937-49)
    American Psychological Association President (1939)
    National Research Council Emergency Committee on Psychology
    Risk Factors: Lung Cancer

Author of books:
A Study of Values (1931)
Studies in Expressive Movement (1933, with Philip E. Vernon)
The Psychology of Radio (1935, with Hadley Cantril)
Personality: A Psychological Interpretation (1937)
The Psychology of Rumor (1947, with Leo Postman)
The Nature of Personality (1950)
The Individual and His Relition: A Psychological Interpretation (1950)
The Nature of Prejudice (1954)
Becoming: Basic Considerations for a Psychology of Personality (1955)
Personality and Social Encounter (1960)
Pattern and Growth in Personality (1961)
Personality and Social Encounter: Selected Essays (1964)
The Person in Personality (1968)

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