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Kantor, Jacob Robert

Paul T. Mountjoy

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Kantor, Jacob Robert (08 August 1888–02 February 1984), psychologist, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Russian immigrants Julius Kantor and Mary Slocum. He earned both the Ph.B. (1914) and Ph.D. (1917) from the University of Chicago. In 1916, while an instructor at the University of Minnesota (1915–1917), he married Helen Rich, who served as his collaborator until her death in 1956. After three years as instructor at the University of Chicago (1917–1920) Kantor joined the Indiana University faculty as assistant professor. Promoted to associate professor in 1921 and professor of psychology in 1923, he remained there until retiring in 1959. He then went to live with his only child, Helene J. Kantor, professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, who effectively replaced her mother as his collaborator. Kantor’s scholarly productivity and impassioned advocacy for scientific psychology continued unabated during his later years. Following a full workday he was fatally stricken and died two days later in Chicago in the fifth month of his ninety-sixth year....

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Subjects: Psychology

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