1874 – Born on the 31st of August.
– His entire career at Teachers College, Columbia University.
– His work on animal behaviour and the learning process led to the theory of connectionism.
– Thorndike’s most famous contributions were his research on how cats learned to escape from puzzle boxes and his related formulation of the law of effect.
1911 – "In the first place, most of the books do not give us a psychology, but rather a eulogy of animals. They have all been about animal intelligence, never about animal stupidity.
– Thorndike meant to distinguish clearly whether or not cats escaping from puzzle boxes were using insight.
– Thorndike also studied auxiliary languages and influenced the work of the International Auxiliary Language Association, which developed Interlingua.
1949 – Died on the 9th of August.