2019: Kurt Salzinger

Kurt Salzinger was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1929; at 11 he fled the Nazis. After arriving in New York City, he attended the Bronx High School of Science, New York University, and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in psychology. As a committed behaviorist, Dr. Salzinger held positions at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Polytechnic University of New York, the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Association (APA), and Hofstra University. He was president of the New York Academy of Sciences, where he initiated dialogue with the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He was executive director of science at APA, among other roles, as well as president of ABAI and the Eastern Psychological Association. He wrote 14 books and 200 journal articles, and his work continues to be cited widely.


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