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Ten Famous Psychologists and Their Achievements

in association with the University of Kent

For better or worse a number of psychologists have gained some notoriety over the years, with a few considered outright famous. Here’s a list of significant psychologists and their major contributions to the field. 

"Jean Piaget" © Roland Zumbühl

Jean Piaget 1896–1980

Initially educated in natural history and philosophy at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, it wasn’t until later that he turned his hand to theoretical psychology. Piaget’s work on child psychology and intellectual development has proved monumentally influential, being used to inform educational methods around the world to this day. In reference to Piaget’s observations on children’s intellectual growth, Einstein is quoted as saying “it’s so simple that only a genius could have thought of it.”