Margaret Floy Washburn

Behavorial Scientist (1871 - 1939)

She was an American psychologist. Finally settling at Vassar after a long career in teaching, she published prolifically. She wanted to bring together philosophy and science in the new field of experimental psychology. She authored over sixty professional papers, and her major book was The Animal Mind published in 1908. She was the second woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1931). A good biography appears in a web site at Webster College.

One of the difficulties in writing these recollections has been that the present is so much more interesting than the past. It is hard to keep one's attention on reminiscence.

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