Mary Whiton Calkins

Famous Pyschologist

Date of Birth and Death

  • Born on March 30, 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Died on February 26, 1930 of Cancer


Brief Background of her life/fun facts

  • Eldest of 5 children
  • Graduated from Smith College in 1884
  • Study Classical Greek and Psychology
  • Did all of the work to earn a PhD in Psychology at Harvard but was not given the degree
  • First woman to become president of both the American Psychological Association and the American Philosophical Association.


Contribution to Psychology

  • Created the rights associates method of memorization
  • Founded Psychology department at Wellesley College
  • Wrote books on dream research, animal consciousness, memorization and more