Donald O. Clifton

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Donald O. Clifton (February 5, 1924, in Butte, Nebraska[1] – September 14, 2003)[2] was an American psychologist. He developed the eponymous Clifton StrengthsFinder, Gallup’s online psychological assessment. Clifton was professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1950 to 1969[2] when he founded Selection Research, Inc. (SRI) that grew to the point where in 1988 it acquired the Gallup Organization and took on the older company’s name.[3] Clifton was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Clifton Strengths School". Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Dr Donald O. Clifton". Find A Grave. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Buckingham, Marcus (2012). "Strengths Campus History". Strengths Campus. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012.