Ralph Romeo Greenson was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1913. He came to the United States in 1924, and after high school in New York attended Columbia University, from where he graduated in 1930. He then completed his MD at The University of Bern in 1934 before doing further postgraduate work at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, Allgemeines Krankenhaus in Vienna, Austria, the Topeka Psychoanalytic Institute, and the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. He started a private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Los Angeles in 1934, which he continued in Beverly Hills after four years in the U.S. Army Air force Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946. In 1953 he started teaching at UCLA. He is best known for writing The technique and practice of psychoanalysis . He also wrote Explorations in psychoanalysis, as well as 53 scientific papers. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and a life member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Greenson died November 24, 1979.
From the guide to the Ralph R. Greenson papers, 1934-1979, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)