William James

Background

  • He was born in New York January 11th and he died from heart failure on August 26th 1910
  • He married Alice Howe Gibbens in 1878 and they had 5 children together
  • William started out as wanting to be a painter but later got into science
  • He enrolled at the Lawrence Scientific School
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Contributions

  • William James publishes the first psychology text book, Principles of Psychology
  • In 1902 he published another book called the varieties of religious experience
  • A Pluralistic Universe proved to be his last major work during his lifetime

Fun Facts

  • After a year at Harvard Medical School he joined Louis Agassiz's expedition to the Amazon Basin
  • He also spent time in Germany to recuperate from some health problems
  • He lost a son to whooping cough