Langfeld, Herbert Sidney, 1879-1958

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Herbert S. Langfeld was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1879. He graduated from Philadelphia Central High School and attended one year at Haverford College before becoming the Naval Attache at the American Embassy in Berlin, Germany.

While in Berlin, Langfeld became interested in psychology and began working with Carl Stumpf. He earned his doctoral degree under Stumpf at the University of Berlin in 1909. He returned to the United States and accepted a position as an Instructor of Psychology at Harvard University. He remained at Harvard for 15 years advancing from Instructor (1910-1915) to Assistant Professor (1915-1922) and finally Associate Professor (1922-1924) before accepting a position at Princeton in 1924. He remained at Princeton until his retirement in 1947 advancing to Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychological Laboratory. He also served as the Chairman of the Department of Psychology for ten years (1937-1947).

He was a charter member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and served as the Secretary (1917-1919) and later the President (1930) of the American Psychological Association. He served as the Vice President for the Psychology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1931) and Secretary-General of the International Congress of Psychology from 1945-1951.

Langfeld edited "Psychological Monographs" from 1931-1934 and "The Psychological Review" from 1934-1947. He was the author of several books and articles, including his most well known book, "The Aesthetic Attitude" (1920).

Herbert S. Langfeld died in Princeton, New Jersey on February 25, 1958.

From the guide to the Herbert S. Langfeld papers, 1916-1947, (Center for the History of Psychology)

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referencedIn Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956. Robert Mearns Yerkes papers, 1822-1985 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Weld, Harry Porter, 1877-1970. Harry Porter Weld papers, 1937-1946. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956. Robert Mearns Yerkes papers, 1822-1985 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Carmichael, Leonard, 1898-1973. Papers, ca. 1917-1973. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
referencedIn Titchener, Edward Bradford, 1867-1927. Edward Bradford Titchener papers, 1887-1940. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956. Papers, 1822-1985 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
referencedIn Clarence Hagen collection of autographs, 1938 Center for the History of Psychology
creatorOf Herbert S. Langfeld papers, 1916-1947 Center for the History of Psychology
referencedIn Dunlap, Knight, 1875-1949. Knight Dunlap papers, 1898-1947. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn Edward Bradford Titchener papers, 1887-1940. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Leonard Carmichael Papers, 1898-1973, Circa 1917-1973 American Philosophical Society
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associatedWith Myers, Charles S. (Charles Samuel), 1873-1946 person
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Birth 1879-07-24

Death 1958-02-25



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