Louis Leon Thurstone


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(1887–1955; b. Chicago, IL; d. Chapel Hill, TN)

American psychometrician. Thurstone graduated from Cornell U with a BS in electrical engineering in 1912. This led to employment with Thomas Edison. Thurstone was interested in the way people learn, and this led to a PhD in psychology from U Chicago in 1917. He then joined the faculty at Carnegie Institute of Technology, moving in 1924 to a chair at U Chicago. In 1931 he introduced the method of factor analysis. He was President of the American Psychological Association in 1933 and, in 1935, the first President of the Psychometric Society.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics — Psychology.

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