Leo Kanner ca. 1955.
|Born||June 13, 1894
|Died||April 3, 1981
Sykesville, Maryland, U.S.
Leo Kanner (pronounced "Kahner"; June 13, 1894 – April 3, 1981) was an Austrian American psychiatrist and physician known for his work related to autism. Kanner's work formed the foundation of child and adolescent psychiatry in the U.S. and worldwide.
His known life and career
Kanner was born on June 13, 1894, in Klekotow (now Klekotiv), a small village north of Brody (Galicia) in what was then Austria-Hungary and later became part of present-day Ukraine, to an orthodox Jewish family. He studied at the University of Berlin from 1913, his studies broken by service with the Austrian Army in World War I, finally receiving his M.D. in 1921.
In the United States
He emigrated to the United States in 1924 to take a position as an Assistant Physician at the State Hospital in Yankton County, South Dakota. In 1930 he was selected by Adolf Meyer and Edward Park to develop the first child psychiatry service in a pediatric hospital at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He became Associate Professor of Psychiatry in 1933.
"Child psychiatry" begins
As the first self-identified "child psychiatrist," he was the founder of the first academic child psychiatry department at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, His first textbook, Child Psychiatry in 1935, was the first English language textbook to focus on the topic.
Kanner's 1943 paper, "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact," along with the work of Austrian Hans Asperger forms the basis of the modern study of autism. It is not a coincidence that Kanner discovered autism around the same time as Asperger, however. Georg Frankl, Asperger's chief diagnostician, moved from Austria to America and was hired by Kanner in 1937. 
Kanner coined the phrase “refrigerator mother” to describe emotionally cold parents. For many years, this behavior in the family was considered to be one of the causes for autistic behavior in children.
Not till the 1970s was this hypothesis rejected.
Kanner was the Editor for Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, then called Journal of Autism and Childhood Schizophrenia, from 1971 to 1974.
His death and his known survivors
Kanner died of heart failure at his home in Sykesville, Maryland, on April 3, 1981, at the age of 86. He was survived by his wife, June Lewin, and a son, Dr. Albert Kanner, an ophthalmologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Dr. Kanner was also survived by his grandchildren, Sue Kanner Anthony, Jim Kanner, Steven Kanner, Jeffery Kanner, Lynn Gilbert Lempel, Mark Gilbert, and his great grandnephew Kyle Kanner. He was predeceased[when?] by his beloved daughter, Anita Gilbert.
- Kanner L (1943). "Autistic disturbances of affective contact". Nerv Child 2: 217–50. Kanner, L (1968). "Reprint". Acta Paedopsychiatr 35 (4): 100–36. PMID 4880460.
- Kanner L (1949). "Problems of nosology and psychodynamics in early childhood autism". Am J Orthopsychiatry 19 (3): 416–26. doi:10.1111/j.1939-0025.1949.tb05441.x. PMID 18146742.
- Kanner L, Eisenberg L (1956). "Early infantile autism 1943–1955". Am J Orthopsychiatry 26 (3): 556–66. doi:10.1111/j.1939-0025.1956.tb06202.x. PMID 13339939.
- 1928 Folklore of the Teeth
- 1935 Child Psychiatry
- 1941 In Defense of Mothers. How to Bring Up Children In Spite of the More Zealous Psychologists
- 1973 Childhood Psychosis: Initial Studies and New Insights
Obituaries for Leo Kanner
- Bender L (1982). "In Memoriam Leo Kanner, MD June 13, 1894—April 4, 1981". Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry 21 (1): 88–89. doi:10.1097/00004583-198201000-00016. PMID 7047620.
- Schopler E., Chess S., Eisenberg L. (1981). "Our Memorial to Leo Kanner". Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 11: 257–269. doi:10.1007/bf01531509.
- D. Wilk: "In Memoriam Dr. Leo Kanner, 1894-1981. Koroth, Jerusalem, August 1982, 8: 213-220.
- K.-J. Neumärker: "Leo Kanner: His Years in Berlin, 1906-24. The Roots of Autistic Disorder. History of Psychiatry, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks, England, June 2003, 14 (2) 205-218 (14).
- Eisenberg L. (1981). "Leo Kanner, M. D. 1894-1981". The American Journal of Psychiatry 138 (8): 1122–1125.
- Eisenberg L. (1994). "Leo Kanner, 1894-1981". The American Journal of Psychiatry 151 (5): 751.
- Bender L (1982). "In memoriam Leo Kanner, M.D. June 13, 1894–April 4, 1981". J Am Acad Child Psychiatry 21 (1): 88–9. doi:10.1097/00004583-198201000-00016. PMID 7047620.
- Sanua VD (1990). "Leo Kanner (1894–1981): the man and the scientist". Child Psychiatry Hum Dev 21 (1): 3–23. doi:10.1007/BF00709924. PMID 2204518.
- Neumärker KJ (2003). "Leo Kanner: his years in Berlin, 1906-24. The roots of autistic disorder". Hist Psychiatry 14 (54 Pt 2): 205–18. doi:10.1177/0957154X030142005. PMID 14518490.
- Autism Therapist (2010) http://theautismtherapist.blogspot.com/2010/03/leo-kanner.html
- Silberman, Steve (2015). NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. Avery. p. 168. ISBN 978-1583334676.
- http://jewishnews.com.ua/en/publication/leo_kanner_a_special_doctor_for_special_children. Leo Kanner: a special doctor for special children//Jewish News
- Bird, David (April 7, 1981). "DR. LEO KANNER, 86, CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST". The New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2012.