Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956Variant names
Robert Mearns Yerkes was an animal psychologist; he became a member of the American Philosophical Society, 1936.
From the guide to the Testament: the scientific way, n.d., n.d., (American Philosophical Society)
George Washington Corner worked as an anatomist, endocrinologist, and medical historian.
From the guide to the George Washington Corner papers, 1889-1981, 1903-1982, (American Philosophical Society)
From the description of Robert Mearns Yerkes correspondence, 1945. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984322
Robert Mearns Yerkes was born on May 26, 1876 in Breadysville, Pennsylvania. He was one of the most eminent psychologists of his day, noted chiefly for his studies of primate behavior and his psychological testing in World War I. He died in New Haven, Connecticut on February 3, 1956. Yerkes graduated from Ursinus College in 1897, received a second A.B. from Harvard in 1898, and a Ph.D in psychology in 1902. He taught at Harvard University, 1902-1917; served in World War I, 1917-1919; worked at the National Research Council, 1919-1924; and was professor of psychology and psychobiology at Yale University, 1924-1944.
From the description of Robert Mearns Yerkes papers, 1822-1985 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702154096
From the guide to the Robert Mearns Yerkes papers, 1822-1985, (Manuscripts and Archives)
Robert Mearns Yerkes was born on May 26, 1876 in Breadysville, Pennsylvania. He was one of the most eminent psychologists of his day, noted chiefly for his studies of primate behavior and his psychological testing in World War I. He died in New Haven, Connecticut on February 3, 1956. Yerkes graduated from Ursinus College in 1897, received a second A.B. from Harvard in 1898, and a Ph. D in psychology in 1902. He taught at Harvard University, 1902-1917; served in World War I, 1917-1919; worked at the National Research Council, 1919-1924; and was professor of psychology and psychobiology at Yale University, 1924-1944.
From the description of Robert Mearns Yerkes papers, 1822-1985 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81986071
Professor of psychology and psychobiology, Yale University; best known for his work in intelligence testing and in the field of comparative psychology; pioneer in the study of both human and primate psychology and of the social behavior of apes; of New Haven, Conn.
From the description of Robert and Ada Watterson Yerkes papers, 1910-1978 (bulk 1910-1964). (New Haven Colony Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 314102729
Ashley Montagu, born Israel Ehrenberg on June 28, 1905, was a British-American anthropologist, specializing in the areas of race and gender issues, as well as a prolific speaker and author, publishing over 50 books in his lifetime. The son of Jewish tailor Charles Ehrenberg and his wife, Mary Plot Ehrenberg, Montagu was born and raised in London's working class East End neighborhood. Although the reasoning behind his name change was never revealed, it may have been due to anti-Semitic prejudice faced by many East End Jews during his childhood, and Montagu might have felt the need to distance himself from his parents’ Russian and Polish backgrounds.
Montagu earned his undergraduate degree from University College London in psychology and anthropology. After studying anthropology at the London School of Economics under Bronislaw Malinowski, Montagu left England for the United States. He arrived at New York City in 1927 and began taking graduate classes at Columbia University. Montagu then traveled to Italy in 1928, where he took classes in ethnography and anthropology at the University of Florence. Upon his return to the United States in 1931, while working as an assistant professor of anthropology at New York University, Montagu married Marjorie Peakes. The couple would have two daughters, Audrey and Barbara, as well as a son, Geoffrey. In 1934 Montagu returned to Columbia University, culminating his postgraduate work at Columbia in 1936 with his dissertation, Coming into being among the Australian Aborigines: A study of the procreative beliefs of the native tribes of Australia, produced under the direction of Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict. Based largely on his dissertation, Montagu’s first book, Coming into Being among the Australian Aborigines, was published in 1937. After he completed his education, Montagu taught anatomy at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1938 and became an American citizen in 1940. It was during his time at Hahnemann that he began to produce work relating to race, resulting in his seminal work, Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race, published in 1942. The work controversially advanced the argument that race was a social construct imposed upon a complex biological substratum and demolished the arguments for inherent inequality between human populations. The influential nature of Man’s Most Dangerous Myth led to Montagu’s service on the 4th United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) task force, in 1949. The ten member UNESCO committee, composed of such world-renowned social scientists as Claude Levi-Strauss and E. Franklin Frazier, was created to collect information about the problem of race and to establish educational programs to disseminate its findings. The resultant document, authored by Montagu, the group’s rapporteur, was published as the “Statement on Race” in 1951. The Committee’s final statement on race asserted: 1)All mankind belong to the same species and that the differences between groups are few compared to all of the genetic similarities. 2)That Race designates a group with high frequency of physical characteristics or particular genetic trait and that these traits fluctuate or even disappear over time. 3)The way in which people are grouped does not reflect the capacity or character traits of a particular group. The differences between races are physical and have no correlation with other traits like intelligence.
Upon leaving Hahnemann Medical College in 1949, Montagu moved to Rutgers University, where he was a professor of anthropology and head of the department from 1949 to 1955. While at Rutgers, Montagu wrote perhaps his most famous work, The Natural Superiority of Women, published in 1953. Examining the differences between the sexes anthropologically, Montagu concluded that women were the superior sex because they possessed a better capability to survive both as individuals and in groups- talents necessary for an advancing society. Based on these conclusions, he suggested that women receive equal pay for equal work, a controversial stance at the time.
With his prolific writing skills to rely on financially, and facing strong backlash for his openly liberal views and anti-McCarthy public statements, Montagu accepted a forced retirement from Rutgers in 1955 at the age of 50. Though retired from academic life, he continued to lecture at such institutions as Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Santa Barbara, and New York University. Settling in Princeton, New Jersey, Montagu’s work took up a more humanist element with Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin, his effort to encourage parents to take a more physical role in raising their children and especially to encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies. Published during that same year, Montagu’s book The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity, a history of the life of disfigured Briton Joseph Merrick, inspired a Tony winning play and later a motion picture. He continued publishing through the 1980s, including The Nature of Human Aggression (1976) and Growing Young (1981), while making numerous and notable television appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show as well as the Phil Donahue Show.
In his lifetime, Montagu received many major awards, among them the American Association of Humanists’ 1995 Man of the Year award, the Darwin Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologist in 1994, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Anthropological Association in 1987. Montagu maintained an active schedule of lecturing and gardening around his Princeton, New Jersey, home until he was hospitalized in March 1999; he died on November 26, 1999 from heart disease, at the age of ninety-four. He was survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Marjorie, as well as his son and two daughters.
From the guide to the Ashley Montagu papers, 1927-1999, 1927-1999, (American Philosophical Society)
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