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35 Abraham Maslow

Page history last edited by Monica Torres 10 years ago

April 1, 1908 - June 8, 1970



Personal Data


Born: April 1, 1908 in Brooklyn, NY, the oldest of seven children

Parents: Jewish immigrants who fled from Russia 

Married:  Bertha Goodman, his first cousin,  in 1928, happily married until his death

Children: two daughters; Ann and Ellen

Died:  June 8, 1970 in Menlo Park, California




City College of New York

Cornell University 

University of Wisconsin


B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin, 1930

M.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin, 1931

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Wisconsin, 1934






1937-1951 Professor and lifelong researcher, Brooklyn College, New York

1951-1969 Chair of the psychology department at Brandeis University



Awards and Honors


1967 - named Humanist of the Year Award by the American Humanist Association

1971 - The Farther Reaches of Human Nature is published posthumosly; received the American Psychological Foundation's Gold Medal Award




Membership-Professional Organizations





1934 The Organism

1954 Motivation and Personality

1962 Toward a Psychology of Being

1968 Toward a Psychology of Being

1971 His papers, published posthumously, were issued in 1971 as The Farther Reaches of Human Nature


In addition, many articles the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, which he cofounded


Professional Interest Areas




Human hierarchy of needs

Self actualization


Major Contributions to Adult Education


Humanistic psycholoy and human potential

Concept of self actualization 

Hierarchy of needs

Seeing positive side of human psychology


Additional Resources



Photo Gallery













Interesting Facts


In 1935 Maslow attended Columbia University as a Carneige Fellow and worked with Edward L. Thorndike. Thorndike administered an IQ test to Maslow who scored a 195 on the test. 


During his tenure as a professor at Brooklyn College in New York (1937-1951), he interacted with Freudian psychologists who recently immigrated to the US from Europe such as Alfred Adler, Karen Horney, and Eric Fromm. His used his intellectual friends including Ruth Benedict as subjects in his self-actualization study. 




Abraham H. Maslow:  Books, Articles, Audio/Visual, & His Personal Papers. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.maslow.com


Hall, M. H. (1968). A conversation with Abraham Maslow. Psychology Today, pp. 35-37, 54-57.














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