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Harlow, Harry F. (1905–1981)

  1. Deborah Blum

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0405

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Blum, D. 2010. Harlow, Harry F. (1905–1981). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Wisconsin–Madison

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Harry Frederick Harlow, whose innovative studies of love and family propelled him into both fame and controversy, was born Harry F. Israel in the Iowa farm town of Fairfield. He changed his name to Harlow at the urging of his major professor at Stanford University, Lewis Terman, who told him that the Jewish sound of his name would make it difficult for him to get a job.


  • attachment;
  • experimental psychology;
  • maternal deprivation;
  • nurturance