Lewin, Kurt, 1890-1947

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Kurt Lewin is commonly recognized as the founder of social psychology. He was born in 1890 in the Village of Moglino in the Prussian province of Posen. Although completing the requirements for a PhD. in 1914, Lewin was not awarded the degree until 1916 from the University of Berlin. In 1932, he attended Stanford University as a visiting professor and in 1933, immigrated to the U.S. In that same year he became a faculty member of Cornell University. In 1935, he became a professor at the University of Iowa.

Lewin received his citizenship in 1940 and two years later became the President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). He is well known for his term "life space", work on group dynamics, and t-groups. His commitment to applying psychology to the problems of society led to the development of MIT Research Center for Group Dynamics.

In 1942, Lewin became President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and in 1944, established the Commission on Community Interrelations. Just before his death in 1947, Lewin founded the National Training Laboratories in Bethel, Maine, now located in Arlington, Virginia.

From the guide to the Kurt Lewin papers, 1890-1978, (Center for the History of Psychology)

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referencedIn Institute for Social Research (University of Michigan), records, 1936-1992, 1946-1986 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Ronald Taft papers, 1946-2005 Center for the History of Psychology
referencedIn Saltzman, Winifred. Winifred Saltzman papers, 1932-2006. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Wolfgang Köhler Papers, 1862-1976 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Human Resources Center of Connecticut. Records, 1946-2000. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Reichenbach, Hans, 1891-1953. Hans-Reichenbach-Sammlung [microform] 1900-1979 (grösstenteils 1919-1953) University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Taft, Ronald. Ronald Taft papers, 1946-2005. University of Akron, Bierce Library
creatorOf Wertheimer, Max, 1880-1943. Max Wertheimer papers, 1885-1943, bulk (ca. 1926-1943). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Waring, Ethel Bushnell, 1887-1972. Papers, 1920s-1950s. Wayne State University
referencedIn Adams, Donald Keith, 1902-1971. Donald K. Adams papers, 1924-1970. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars. Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars records, 1933-1936. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Margaret Mead Papers and the South Pacific Ethnographic Archives, 1838-1996, (bulk 1911-1978) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Köhler, Wolfgang, 1887-1967. Papers, 1914-1967. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Cook, Stuart W. (Stuart Wellford), 1913-1993. Stuart Cook papers, 1947-1993. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn Max Wertheimer papers, 1885-1943, ca. 1926-1943 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn W. B. Pillsbury papers, 1858-1960, 1890-1942 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Lewin, Kurt, 1890-1947. Kurt Lewin papers, 1890-1978. University of Akron, Bierce Library
creatorOf Pillsbury, W. B. (Walter Bowers), 1872-1960. Walter Bowers Pillsbury papers, 1893-1960. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Harrower, Molly, 1906-1999. Molly Harrower papers, 1886-1999. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn John Collier papers, 1910-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Institute for Social Research (University of Michigan) records, 1936-1992. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Miles, Walter R. (Walter Richard), 1885-1978. Walter R. Miles and Catharine Cox Miles papers, 1899-1965. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn Robert Ward Leeper papers, 1928-1972 Center for the History of Psychology
referencedIn Eliasberg, Wladimir, 1887-1969. Wladimir Eliasberg papers, 1925-1970. Library of Congress
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Pillsbury, W. B. (Walter Bowers), 1872-1960. Walter Bowers Pillsbury papers, 1858-1960 (bulk 1890-1942). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Kurt Lewin papers, 1890-1978 Center for the History of Psychology
referencedIn Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. Margaret Mead papers and South Pacific Ethnographic Archives, 1838-1996 (bulk 1911-1978). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Adams, Donald Keith, 1902-1971. person
associatedWith Allport, Gordon W. (Gordon Willard), 1897-1967. person
associatedWith American Jewish Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Back, Kurt W. person
associatedWith Barker, Roger G. (Roger Garlock), 1903-1990. person
associatedWith Cartwright, Dorwin. person
associatedWith Collier, John, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Cook, Stuart W. (Stuart Wellford), 1913-1993. person
associatedWith Dembo, Tamara, 1902-1993. person
correspondedWith Eliasberg, Wladimir, 1887-1969. person
associatedWith Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars. corporateBody
associatedWith Harrower, Molly, 1906-1999. person
associatedWith Heider, Fritz, 1896-1988. person
associatedWith Henle, Mary, 1913-2007. person
associatedWith Human Resources Center of Connecticut. corporateBody
associatedWith Köhler, Wolfgang, 1887-1967. person
associatedWith Leeper, Robert Ward, 1904-1986 person
associatedWith Lewin, Gertrud Weiss. person
associatedWith Lewin, Miriam, 1931- person
associatedWith Marrow, Alfred J. (Alfred Jay), 1905-1978. person
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Research Center for Group Dynamics. corporateBody
associatedWith Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. person
associatedWith Miles, Walter R. (Walter Richard), 1885-1978. person
associatedWith Minton, Henry L. person
associatedWith Pillsbury, W. B. (Walter Bowers), 1872-1960. person
associatedWith Reichenbach, Hans, 1891-1953. person
associatedWith Rickers-Ovsiankina, Maria A. (Maria Arsenjevna), 1898-1993. person
associatedWith Saltzman, Winifred. person
associatedWith Taft, Ronald. person
associatedWith Terman, Lewis M. (Lewis Madison), 1877-1956. person
associatedWith Universiṭah ha-ʻIvrit bi-Yerushalayim. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. person
associatedWith University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. corporateBody
correspondedWith Waring, Ethel Bushnell, 1887-1972. person
associatedWith Wertheimer, Max, 1880-1943. person
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Mental health
Gestalt psychology
Interpersonal relations
Social groups
Social psychology
History of psychology
Psychology--History
Psychologist, American
Psychology
Psychology, Industrial
Psychology--History--20th century
Psychologists--United States
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Birth 1890-09-09

Death 1947-02-12

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