Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

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Sperry, Roger W.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_373

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Basic Biographical Information

Sperry, Roger(August 20, 1913–April 17, 1994) was an American neurobiologist, psychologist, and philosopher. Roger Sperry was born in Harford, Connecticut, to Francis Bushnell and Florence Kraemer Sperry. Sperry’s father was in banking, while his mother was trained in business school. Roger had a younger brother, Russell Loomis, who eventually studied Chemistry. Roger’s father died when he was 11. Roger attended Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he excelled in athletics. In 1935, Sperry graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor in English. Sperry continued at Oberlin to earn a master’s degree in Psychology. In 1941, Sperry obtained a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Chicago under the mentorship of Paul A. Weiss. After completing his PhD, Sperry did a year of postdoctoral research as a National Research Council Fellow at Harvard University under the guidance of Professor Karl S Lashley. Sperry...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA