Alice Hamlin Hinman

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Alice Hamlin Hinman (1869–1934) was a psychologist who changed the public school education system from backwards to progressive from 1907 to 1919 through her influence and membership on the Lincoln Board of Education.

She was born Alice Julia Hamlin on December 20, 1869 in Constantinople, Turkey.[1] Alice studied at Wellesley College in 1893 and Cornell University where she gained a Ph.D. in 1897. She married Edgar L. Hinman in 1897. Alice worked as a professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College in 1897 and then as a professor of psychology and ethics at the University of Nebraska in 1898. She chaired the Lincoln Board of Education in Nebraska from 1907 to 1919.[2] She was elected to the council of the American Psychological Association in 1897.[3]

She had great people skills and used her talent in a wide range of local, national and international service organizations. She taught in many schools and continued to study and write journal articles in memory, hypnotism and infant psychology.

She died on April 24, 1934.


  1. ^ Creese, Mary R.S. (1998). Ladies in the Laboratory? American and British Women in Science, 1800-1900: A Survey of Their Contributions to Research. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. pp. 349–350. ISBN 978-0-585-27684-7. 
  2. ^ Ogilvie, Marilyn; Harvey, Joy, eds. (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science. Routledge. ISBN 0415920396. 
  3. ^ Rossiter, Margaret W. (1984). Women Scientists in America: Struggles and Strategies to 1940. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-8018-2509-5. 

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