Ten fun facts about B. F. Skinner


Fact 1
Burrhus Frederic Skinner was born in 1904 in Sesquehanna, Pennsylvania. He attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York in 1922.

Fact 2
He attended Harvard University in 1926 where he later received a PhD in 1931.

Fact 3
B.F. Skinner was a prominent researcher in Harvard University till 1936. He accepted teaching position at the University of Minnesota and Indiana University.


Fact 4
He published the results of his operant conditioning experiments in The Behavior of Organisms (1938).

Fact 5
In 1943 Skinner designed the “baby tender”, a crib that was designed to be safer than a normal crib.

Fact 6
In 1944, Skinner worked on the Project Pigeon which trained pigeons during World War II to direct bombs by pecking at a target.

Fact 7
In 1945, he became Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Indiana.

Fact 8
In 1948 he returned to Harvard as a tenured professor. He wrote 21 books and 180 articles.

Fact 9
Skinner wrote several works applying his behavioral theories to society, including “Beyond Freedom and Dignity” (1971). In 1974, he tried to set the record straight regarding misinterpretations of his with with “About Behaviorism.”

Fact 10
He died of leukemia on August 18, 1990 at the age of 86. His beliefs are still being promoted by the B.F. Skinner Foundation which is headed by his daughter, Julie S. Vargas.


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Was an American psychologist, philosopher, scientists and poet known for inventing the operant condition chamber and for his own experimental analysis of behavior.



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