Born 20 Mar 1904
1st May 1926
Graduated Hamilton College, NY
(An atheist yet had to attend daily chapel)
1st May 1930
Gained his masters in Psychology, Harvard
Invented The Skinner Box
1st May 1931
PhD from Harvard
29th November 1936
Married Yvonne Blue.
Published first book The Behavior of Organisms
Featuring studies on operant behaviour and conditioning.
29th November 1943
Created the air crib for Yvonne as she wanted
a crib that was safe.
- 29th November 1944
- During World War II Skinner began to train Pigeons to direct missiles.This project was discontinued. He found that pigeons react much faster than rats leading to faster discoveries.
29th November 1948
Published Walden Two
A utopian novel which in its time
could have been considered science fiction.
- 30th November 1953
- Published Science and Human Behaviour
- The book includes what may be Skinner's earliest statement about the similarity of operant selection to Darwinian natural selection in phylogeny.
30th November 1957
Published Verbal Behaviour
A theoretical book which studies human behaviour
while also describing linguistics
- 11th November 1958
- Devised the Teaching Machine
- A program that had a list of questions for a learner to respond to. When answered correctly, the learner would be rewarded.
30th November 1971
Published Beyond Freedom and Dignity
An attempt to promote Skinner’s philosophy of
science and conception of determination. It attempts
to outline Skinner’s theory of “cultural engineering”
30th November 1972
- Won the award for Humanist of the year from the American Humanist Association.
- He won this because of his contribution of
- behaviourism as a Humanistic Psychology.
Retires from conducting research and teaching
- 18th August 1990
- Died in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Mount Auburn Cemetery (86)