Edward Chace Tolman was born in West Newton, Massachusetts, on April 14, 1886. He studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1915. He afterward taught at Northwestern University until 1918, then at the University of California, Berkeley, until retirement in 1954. His major work is Purposive Behavior in Animals and Men (1932). The entire bibliography of his writings is found in a 1951 publication entitled Collected Papers in Psychology. Another biography and bibliography of Tolman is found in the American Psychologist volume 13: 155-158, (1958). Tolman died in Berkeley, California, on November 19, 1959.

The author of this article, Sister M. Michel Keenan, I.H.M., won her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation dealt with the learning theory of Edward C. Tolman. Presently she is a member of the faculty of Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania.



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