Psychologist at Large: An Autobiography and Selected Essays

By Edwin G. Boring | Go to book overview

Lewis Madison Terman: 1877-1956
1959

My friendship with Terman dates from late 1918 after the Armistice in the First World War, when R. M. Yerkes brought both Terman and me to Washington to work on the report of the Army intelligence testing. Terman liked me. He helped get me appointed secretary of the American Psychological Association. In 1921, after I had gone to Clark University, he had me out at Stanford for a twelve weeks' summer quarter and I fell in love with Stanford—partly because I had for lecture use the data on systematic psychology, collected at Cornell and later used in my History of Experimental Psychology. All this material was new to the graduate students at Stanford and they flocked to hear me. In 1922 Terman was back of my being called to Stanford to be the experimental psychologist there, and I would have loved to go; yet I chose Harvard for complicated reasons discussed elsewhere in this book. After that the close friendship persisted until Terman's death. Yerkes and Terman and I—they were respectively ten and nine years my senior—formed a vague triangle with correspondence about mutual interests going on along all three sides.

When Terman died, his son, like his father a member of the National Academy of Sciences, asked me to write the Memoir for the Academy. He was sure that his father would have liked this best, and I think he was right. So this is that Memoir. Advisers examining the accounts I have written of Titchener, Yerkes, Dallenbach, Lashley (a history of his thought only) , and Terman, concluded that this biography was my best. Titchener's person‐

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Reprinted with permission from the Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, 1959, vol. 33, 414-440.

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