Women in Psychology: A Bio-Bibliographic Sourcebook

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MARY HENLE (1913- )

Michael Wertheimer

Mary Henle, Gestalt psychologist, experimental psychologist, historian of psychology, and incisive critic of psychological theory, has been publishing influential works steadily for a period of half a century. A champion of the approach of the Berlin school of Gestalt psychology, she edited several major books on Gestalt thought and wrote many critical articles that helped to dispel misconceptions about Gestalt psychology. Her contributions to the history of psychology transcend the Gestalt approach; she coedited a major volume on the history of psychology, published an anthology of the most important papers of the Gestalt psychologist Wolfgang Köhler, and was instrumental in the posthumous publication of a widely used text on the history of psychology by a colleague, Robert B. MacLeod. Her 1986 book, 1879 and All That, a selective collection of her essays on the history of psychology and on psychological theories, reprints some of her best works and has received highly favorable reviews. An incisive thinker and precise and elegant writer, she set a standard in scholarly work for her students and colleagues--and herself--that is rarely met by others in the field. Her career has served as an inspiring example to many colleagues, male and female alike. In the year of her retirement, the New School for Social Research, where Henle had spent most of her career, awarded her the L.H.D. degree in recognition of her outstanding achievements.

Noteworthy about her distinguished career is that she has always been a psychologist, an academic, and a scholar, first and foremost. In her autobiography, Henle ( 1983, p. 229), after raising the question of what, if any, legacy her generation left to the contemporary psychology of women, writes that she believes there is indeed such a legacy: "We have done it quietly by doing our jobs, not as women psychologists, but as psychologists. We were not thinking much about being women in psychology. We simply took it for granted that women can function well in psychology in all kinds of settings, and we showed that they could by doing our work."

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  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Part I Overview 1
  • Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 3
  • Part II the Women and Their Contributions 11
  • Anne Anastasi (1908- ) 13
  • Nancy Bayley (1899- ) 23
  • Sandra Lipsitz Bem (1944- ) 30
  • Jeanne Humphrey Block (1923-1981) 40
  • Charlotte M. BÜhler (1893-1974) 49
  • Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930) 57
  • Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983) 66
  • Florence L. Denmark (1931- ) 75
  • Else Frenkel-Brunswik (1908-1958) 88
  • Anna Freud (1895-1982) 96
  • Eleanor Jack Gibson (1910- ) 104
  • Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972) 117
  • Florence Laura Goodenough (1886-1959) 125
  • Jacqueline Jarrett Goodnow (1924- ) 134
  • Edna Heidbreder (1890-1985) 143
  • Ravenna Helson (1925- ) 151
  • Mary Henle (1913- ) 161
  • Leta Stetter Hollingworth (1886-1939) 173
  • Karen Horney (1885-1952) 184
  • BÄrbel Inhelder (1913- ) 197
  • Marie Jahoda (1907- ) 207
  • Christine Ladd-Franklin (1847-1930) 220
  • Eleanor Emmons Maccoby (1917- ) 230
  • Clara Mayo (1931-1981) 238
  • Maria Montessori (1870-1952) 246
  • Bernice L. Neugarten (1916- ) 256
  • Carolyn Robertson Payton (1925- ) 266
  • Pauline (pat) Snedden Sears (1908- ) 275
  • Virginia Staudt Sexton (1916- ) 285
  • Carolyn Wood Sherif (1922-1982) 297
  • Janet Taylor Spence (1923- ) 307
  • Bonnie Ruth Strickland (1936- ) 317
  • Thelma Gwinn Thurstone (1897- ) 327
  • Leona E. Tyler (1906- ) 335
  • Margaret Floy Washburn (1871-1939) 342
  • Beth Lucy Wellman (1895-1952) 350
  • Part III Awards and Recognition 359
  • Selected Award-Winning Contributions 361
  • Part IV Bibliographic Resources 379
  • Women in Psychology: Bibliographic Resources 381
  • Part V Appendices 399
  • Appendix A - A Chronology of Birth Years 401
  • Appendix B - Places of Birth 403
  • Appendix C - Major Fields 405
  • Index 409
  • About the Contributors 435
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