Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Tinker, Miles A.

  • David C. Devonis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_121

Basic Biographical Information

Born: August 22, 1893; Died: March 4, 1977.

Miles Tinker got a late start on an academic career after service during World War I. Ultimately he became associated with the University of Minnesota and had a nearly 50-year career there.

Major Accomplishments/Contributions

His work was uniformly experimental and quantitative: One of his earliest studies involved variations in hand-drawing regression lines (Tinker 1923). At Stanford for the Ph.D., where his mentors were Terman and  Miles, Walter R., he continued his interests in mathematics and measurement. His doctoral work (Tinker 1927) was a comprehensive study of the legibility of mathematical formulae utilizing Miles’ modifications of Dodge’s tachistoscopic apparatus. Tinker published several articles on this work (e.g., Tinker 1926; Tinker 1928) and, after joining the faculty at Minnesota, he dedicated much of his career to working out the details of legibility. He continued to develop modifications of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGraceland UniversityLamoniUSA