Quinn McNemar

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Quinn McNemar
Born February 20, 1901
Greenland, West Virginia
Died July 3, 1986(1986-07-03) (aged 85)
Palo Alto, California
Citizenship US
Alma mater Juniata College
Stanford University
Known for McNemar's test
Revising the Stanford-Binet IQ test
Scientific career
Fields psychology, statistics
Institutions Stanford University
University of Texas
Doctoral advisor Lewis Terman

Quinn Michael McNemar (February 20, 1901 – July 3, 1986) was an American psychologist and statistician. He is known for his work on IQ tests, for his book Psychological Statistics (1949) and for McNemar's test, the statistical test he introduced in 1947.[1][2]


He was born in Greenland, West Virginia in 1901. He obtained his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1925 from Juniata College, studied for his doctorate in psychology under Lewis Terman at Stanford University, and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1931. In 1942 he published The Revision of the Stanford–Binet Scale, the IQ test released in 1916 by Terman. By the time he retired from Stanford in 1965 he held professorships in psychology, statistics and education. He taught for another five years at the University of Texas before retiring to Palo Alto, where he died in 1986.[2]

He was President of the Psychometric Society in 1951 and of the American Psychological Association in 1964.[3]


  1. ^ McNemar, Quinn (1947-06-18). "Note on the sampling error of the difference between correlated proportions or percentages". Psychometrika. 12 (2): 153–157. PMID 20254758. doi:10.1007/BF02295996. 
  2. ^ a b "Quinn McNemar, reviser of IQ test" (PDF). Sandstone and Tile. Stanford Historical Society. 10 (3–4). Spring–Summer 1986. 
  3. ^ "Quinn McNemar". A Dictionary of Statistics. Oxford University Press. 2008. 
Educational offices
Preceded by
Charles E. Osgood
73rd President of the American Psychological Association
Succeeded by
Jerome Bruner