Henry Gleitman

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Henry Gleitman (January 4, 1925 – September 2, 2015) was a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.[1][2]

Gleitman was born in Leipzig, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He then taught at Swarthmore College before joining the Penn faculty in 1953.

Gleitman was a cognitive psychologist with interests in language (especially the relationship between semantics and syntax), but he claimed, "I'm probably better identified as a general psychologist whose research interests range over many of the traditional areas of psychological inquiry."[3] Gleitman was willing to work with students in any field of psychology if that student can interest him in his/her proposed field of research.

Gleitman is best known for his authorship of Psychology, a classic textbook first published in 1981 used in many Introduction to Psychology classes, now in its eighth edition.[4]

Henry Gleitman was married to fellow psychologist Lila R. Gleitman, an internationally renowned language acquisition researcher, who is also a Professor Emerita of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Henry Gleitman has two daughters, Ellen Luchette and Claire Gleitman, and four grandchildren.


  1. ^ "Dr Henry Gleitman". Philly.com. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Landau, Barbara; Sabini, John; Jonides, John; et al., eds. (July 24, 2000). Perception, Cognition, and Language: Essays in Honor of Henry and Lila Gleitman. First Edition, Second Impression. ISBN 0262122286. 
  3. ^ "Henry Gleitman's Homepage". Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Henry Gleitman, James Gross, Daniel Reisberg (2010), Psychology, ISBN 978-0-393-93250-8