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Allport, Gordon Willard (1897–1967)

  1. Philip E. Vernon

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0037

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Vernon, P. E. 2010. Allport, Gordon Willard (1897–1967). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. University of Calgary, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Gordon Willard Allport grew up in the Midwest and earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees (1922) at Harvard University. His Ph.D. thesis foreshadowed his life's work, because it dealt with the psychology of personality and assessment. For two years he traveled and studied in Turkey, Germany, and England. He returned to Harvard to serve as an instructor from 1924 to 1926; he was then appointed Assistant Professor of Psychology at Dartmouth College in 1927. He came back to Harvard in 1930 and remained on the Harvard faculty until his retirement, serving for several years as chairman of the psychology department. He was president of the American Psychological Association in 1939 and received numerous honorary doctorates. His outstanding position in the psychology of personality attracted many students who have held posts of distinction in American and other universities.