Robert Richardson Sears

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Robert Richardson Sears
Robert Richardson Sears, 1940s.jpg
Photograph of Sears from the 1940s
Born August 31, 1908[1]
Palo Alto, California[1]
Died May 22, 1989 (1989-05-23) (aged 80)[2]
Menlo Park, California[2]
Citizenship American
Fields Child Psychology
Institutions Stanford University
Influences Clark Leonard Hull

Robert Richardson Sears (/sɪərz/; August 31, 1908[1] – May 22, 1989[2]) was an eminent American psychologist who specialized in child psychology. He was for many years the head of the psychology department at Stanford and later dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences there,[2] continued the long-term I.Q. studies of Lewis Madison Terman at Stanford,[3] and authored many pivotal papers and books on various aspects of psychology.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Palo Alto, California to Jesse Brundage Sears, a professor at Stanford University, and Stella Louise (Richardson) Sears.[3] As a child Sears attended Palo Alto Union High School.[4] He received his Artium Baccalaureus degree from Stanford in 1929[3] and a Ph. D. from Yale University in 1932.[2] He was married on June 25, 1932 to Pauline Kirkpatrick Snedden,[3] who co-authored a book with him and with whom he shared an award for achievement in psychology late in their lives.[5]

Professional life[edit]

After leaving Yale, Sears was first an instructor in psychology at the University of Illinois from 1932 to 1936 and at the same time was a clinical psychologist at the Institute for Juvenile Research there. He returned to Yale as an associate professor of psychology in 1936 and remained there until 1942.[3]

From 1942 until 1949 he was director of the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station at the University of Iowa.[6] where he worked with such luminaries as Kurt Zadek Lewin From 1949 until 1953 he directed the Laboratory of Human Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.[6]

In 1953 Sears returned to Stanford where he served as chair of the Psychology department until 1961, Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences from 1961 to 1970, and David Starr Jordan Professor of Psychology from 1970 until 1975.[3]

Sears was president of the American Psychological Association in 1951.[3]

Select works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c No Authorship Indicated (1979), "Robert R. Sears: Distinguished Scientific Contribution Awards for 1975.", American Psychologist, Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 31 (1): 59–64, ISSN 0003-066X, doi:10.1037/h0078460 
  2. ^ a b c d e Narvaez, Alfonso A. (May 26, 1989), "Dr. Robert R. Sears, 80, Is Dead; Child Psychologist and Educator", The New York Times 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Sears, Robert Richardson", Biographical Dictionary of Modern American Educators, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997, p. 285, ISBN 978-0-313-29133-3, OCLC 36430647. 
  4. ^ Rothe, Anna Herthe; Lohr, Evelyn (1952), Current Biography Yearbook: Who's News and Why, New York: H. W. Wilson Company, p. 522, ISSN 0084-9499 
  5. ^ Russo, Nancy Felipe; Denmark, Florence L. (January 1987), "Contributions of Women to Psychology", Annual Review of Psychology, Palo Alto, California: Annual Reviews, 38: 279–298, ISSN 0066-4308, doi:10.1146/ 
  6. ^ a b United States Congress Senate Committee on Finance (1969), Tax Reform Act of 1969: Hearings, Ninety-first Congress, First Session, on H.R. 13270: to Reform the Income Tax Laws. Sept. 4-Oct. 22, 1969, Washington, D.C.: G. P. O., p. 5592, LCCN 73603875, OCLC 29021 
Educational offices
Preceded by
Joy Paul Guilford
60th President of the American Psychological Association
Succeeded by
Joseph McVicker Hunt