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Washburn, Margaret Floy

Born: 1871 AD
Died: 1939 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Psychologists

1871 – Born on July 25th in New York, New York. A leading American psychologist in the early 20th century, was best known for her experimental work in animal behavior and motor theory development.

1891 – She entered and graduated from Vassar College at age 16.

1894 – Received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

         – She was the first woman to be granted a Ph.D. in psychology.

1903 – After teaching at Wells College for Women and other institutions, she returned to teach at Vassar.

         – She was a pioneer in introducing experimental research and faculty-student collaboration into the psychology department at an undergraduate liberal arts college.

1908-1916 – Her publications include a major work on animal behaviour, The Animal Mind, and her book on the motor theory of mental functions, Movement and Mental Imagery.

1939 – Died on October 29th in Poughkeepsie, New York.