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Lewis R. Goldberg is an internationally acclaimed American personality psychologist and a professor emeritus at the University of Oregon. He is is closely associated  with the lexical hypothesis that any culturally important personality characteristic will be represented in the language of that culture. This hypothesis led to the five-factor model (FFM) of personality which he later coined the 'Big Five' as a label for the factors He is the creator of the International Personality Item Pool(IPIP), a website that provides public-domain personality measures.
In 1953 Goldberg received an A.B. in social relations from Harvard University. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1958 where his Ph.D. advisor was E. Lowell Kelly.
As an advanced graduate student at Michigan, Goldberg met Warren T. Norman, a new assistant professor, who became a lifelong friend and collaborator on issues in personality structure and assessment. After receiving his doctorate, Goldberg became a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University. Since 1960 he has taught at the University of Oregon, where he is Professor Emeritus. He is a senior scientist at the Oregon Research Institute, where he has carried out research since 1961.
From 1962 to 1966, Goldberg served as a field selection officer for the United States Peace Corps. In 1966 he became a Fulbright professor at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In 1970 he spent a year as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1974 he was a Fulbright professor again, at Istanbul University in Turkey. From 1980 to 1986 he served as a consultant in the Intelligence Division of the United States Secret Service. He was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study from 1981 to 1982.
Goldberg has published more than 100 research articles. He has also earned three lifetime achievement awards: the Jack Block Award for outstanding contributions to personality research from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) (2006), the Saul Sells Award for outstanding contributions to multivariate research from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP) (2006), and most recently the Bruno Klopfer Award for outstanding contributions to personality assessment from the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) (2009).
Boards and committees
Goldberg has served on the Personality and Cognition Research Review Committee and the Cognition, Emotion, and Personality Research Review Committee of the National Institute of Mental Health and on the Graduate Record Examination Board Research Committee.
- Goldberg, L.R. (1993). The structure of phenotypic personality traits. American Psychologist, 48, 26-34.
- Lewis R. Goldberg (1990) An alternative ``description of personality": The Big-Five factor structure. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 59, 6, .1216-1229. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0022-35220.127.116.116
- W. Revelle (2008) , Biography of Lewis R. Goldberg. In Encylopedia of Counseling (F.T.L. Long, editor) Sage. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412963978.n198
- Lewis R. Goldberg.(1999) A broad-bandwidth, public domain, personality inventory measuring the lower-level facets of several five-factor models. In Mervielde, I. and Deary, I. and De Fruyt, F. and Ostendorf, F.(Eds) Personality psychology in Europe. Volume 7. pp 7-28.
- Goldberg,Lewis R.; Johnson, John A; Eber, Herbert W.; Hogan, Robert; Ashton, Michael C.; Clonginger, C. Robert; Gough, Harrison G. (2006). "The international personality item pool and the future of public-domain personality measures". Journal of Research in Personality. 40 (1): 84–96. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2005.08.007.