William A. Brownell

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William Arthur Brownell
Born19 May 1895
Died28 May 1977
Partner(s)Kathryn K.

William Arthur Brownell (May 19, 1895 – May 28, 1977) was an American educational psychologist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brownell was born in Smethport, Pennsylvania on May 19, 1895. He graduated from Allegheny College in 1917. He received a Ph.D. in 1926 from the University of Chicago.[1]

Academic career[edit]

From 1930 to 1949 he was a professor of educational psychology at Duke University where he did his most important research.[1]

From 1950 to his retirement in 1962 he was the Dean of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education.[2]

In 1965 he received the E. L. Thorndike Award.

Personal life[edit]

He married Kathryn K. (1903-2001) and they had at least one child.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Kilpatrick, Jeremy, and J. Fred Weaver. "The place of William A. Brownell in mathematics education." Journal for Research in Mathematics Education 8.5 (1977): 382-384.
  2. ^ T.R. McConnell T.L. Reller L.F. Scott L.H. Stewart J.C. Stone. "William Arthur Brownell, Education: Berkeley ". University of California: In Memoriam, September 1978. Pages 27-29.
  3. ^ Chauncey Bailey (October 19, 2001). "Community mourns health care activist". Oakland Tribune.