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Isoko Hatano
Born: March 31st, 1906 in Iida town, Tokyo
Died: September 15th, 1978
Doctor of Literature (1956), Nihon University

- Her academic dissertation was “Youji no hattatsu to katei kyouiku”(The development of infants and home education)

Graduated Tokyo Bunrika University (1936), school of psychology (Elective course).

B.A. (1927) Department of English literature, Japanese Women’s University

Gradated from the high school attached to the Japanese Women’s University


1927 English Instructor of Jyoshi keizai senmon gakko(Women’s economic academic career college); Dr. Matsumoto influenced her decision to study psychology

1928 Office bearer in Child study research center, Japan Women’s University

1937 Assistant researcher of psychology research and educational advisor of Tokyo Bunrika University (Tokyo Literature and Science University) after she retired from the child research center at Japan Women’s University

1948 Entered Graduate school at Japan Women’s University and became the educational staff of Onshi financial group Aiiku society (~1957)

1950 Her book “Syonenki” (Boyhood) became a bestseller and a later a movie

1953 Associate professor of Toyo University.

1960 Established Japan child research center and head of the center.

1963 Professor of Kunitachi College of Music (~1971).

Established the foundation “Haha no gakuen”( Mothers’ Academy) and became the head director.(the academy was renamed Hanano family school.)

1964 Established social welfare corporation Japan Family Welfare Division association and became the head director.

She contributed to developmental psychology and child psychology
1954 8th Mainichi syuppan bunka award because of her book “Yoji no shinri” (Child psychology)

1972 Educational performance award

1976 Order of the Precious Crown, Butterfly

1977 Child Welfare Work Performance Award

Key Words: Developmental psychology, Child psychology
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Tsuruko Haraguchi
Born: June 18th, 1886 in Tomioka city, Gunma prefecture
Died: September 26th, 1915
1912 Ph.D., Columbia University
- Her academic dissertation was “Mental fatigue”
- She was the first Japanese woman to earn a Ph.D.
1906 B.A., Department of English literature, Japan Women’s University (at that time, the university is not considered an institution of higher education)
1902 Graduated Gunma kenritsu koto jyogakko (Gunma prefectural girls’ higher school, the precursor to Takasaki girls’ high school)
1906 Studied psychology under the guidance of Professor Matataro Matsumoto at Japan Women’s University

1907 Entered Columbia University to study experimental pedagogic and experimental psychology under Drs. Thorndike, Woodworth, and Cattell

1912 Suggested that Japan Women’s University establish an experimental psychology program

She contributed to the establishment of an experimental psychology laboratory at Japan Women’s University, as well as the research of fatigue and methodology for experimental studies

Key Words: Experimental psychology, mental fatigue
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Edna Heidbreder
Born: May 1, 1890 in Quincy, IL
Died: February 11, 1985 (location unknown)
Doctor of Philosophy (1924), Colombia University, Psychology
M.A. (1917), University of Wisconsin, Psychology
B.A. (1911), Knox College, Latin

1924 Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota

1934 Professor of Psychology at Wellesley College

1936 Chair of the Department of Psychology at Wellesley College

1950 Visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley

1955 Professor Emeritus at Wellesley College

1955 Radcliffe College seminar staff

Edna Heidbreder is best known for her contributions to the study of psychometrics and concept formation. She was also involved with the development of the Minnesota Mechanical Abilities Tests and contributed to the study of cognitive processes.
1941 Received Alumni Achievement Award at Wellesley College
1939 Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) council of directors
1943 President of the Eastern Psychological Association and a member of the board of directors (1944)
1949 President of the APA General Psychology division
1961 APA Certificate for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Psychology
1964 Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Knox College
1971 First honorary member of Cheiron, the New International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Key Words: psychometrics, concept formation, cognitive processes
Heidbreder Web Links

Ravenna Mathews Helson
Born: February 13, 1925 in Austin, TX
Doctor of Philosophy (1952), University of California at Berkeley, Psychology
M.A. (1949), University of Texas, Psychology
B.A. (1945), University of Texas

1952 Faculty at Smith College

1957 Faculty at the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research at the University of California at Berkeley

Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Berkeley

Ravenna Helson is best known for her contributions to the psychology of personality and creative personality. ----OKLAHOMA STATE----
1979 President of the American Psychological Association Psychology and Arts division
1984 Henry Murray Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Key Words: personality, adult development, psychology of women, Mills longitudinal study
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Mary Henle
Born: July 14, 1913 in Cleveland, OH
Doctor of Philosophy (1939), Bryn Mawr College, Psychology
M.A. (1935), Smith College, Psychology
B.A. (1934), Smith College

1931 Research Associate at Swarthmore College

1941 Instructor of psychology at the University of Delaware

1942 Instructor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College

1944 Psychology faculty at Sarah Lawrence College

1981 Visiting professor at Duquesne University

Professor Emeritus of psychology at the New School University

Mary Henle is best known for her contributions to the history of gestalt psychology in particular and the history of psychology in general.
1971 President of the American Psychological Association (APA) History of Psychology division
1974 President of the APA Philosophical Psychology division
1981 President of the Eastern Psychology Association
1983 Honorary Doctor of Humanities from the New School for Social Research

Key Words: gestalt psychology, gestalt therapy
Henle Web Links