Gordon Allport


Allport was one of the first psychologists to focus on the study of the personality, and is often referred to as one of the founding figures of personality psychology. He contributed to the formation of ValuesnScales and rejected both a psychoanalytic and behavioral approach. He emphasized the uniqueness of each individual, and the importance of the present context, as opposed to past history, for understanding the personality.One of Allport's biographers states, "he grew up not only with the Protestant religion, but also the Protestant work ethic, which dominated his home life." Gordon W. Allport was a longtime and influential member of the faculty at Harvard University from 1930 to 1967 and Director of the Commission for the United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

Other names - versions: 
Gordon Willard Allport
Date and Place of Birth: 
1897 Montezuma Indiana
Date and Place of Death: 
1967 Cambridge Massachusetts