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Granville Stanley Hall, founder of the American Journal of Psychology.
Granville Stanley Hall, founder of the American Journal of Psychology.

Dr. Granville Stanley Hall (February 1, 1846 - April 24, 1924) is one of the most important figures in the field of Psychology. The original President of the American Psychology Association, Hall was also the founder of the American Journal of Psychology.

A really fantastic account of his history was written by Edward L. Thorndike in the National Academy of Sciences’ Bibliographical Memoirs shortly after Hall's death on April 24, 1924.[1]

Brief List of Accomplishments

  • Teacher at the age of 16
  • 1862 - Attended Williston Seminary, now The Williston Northhampton School
  • 1867 - Graduated from Williams College, named Class Poet and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • 1871 - Received a Bachelor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary
  • 1872 - Professor of English Literature at Antioch College
  • 1875- Studied with Wilhelm Wundt at the first experimental psychology laboratory opened at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
  • 1878 - Received a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University
  • 1882-1884 - Professor of Psychology and Pedagogics, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1883 - Established first U.S. experimental psychology laboratory at Johns Hopkins University
  • 1887 - Founded the American Journal of Psychology
  • 1888 - First President of Clark University
  • 1888 - Founded Child Study Association of America
  • 1892 - First President of the American Psychological Association (APA), founded at Clark University
  • 1904 - Founded the Journal of Religious Psychology
  • 1917 - Founded the Journal of Applied Psychology

Notable Students

  • John Dewey - one of the founders of the philosophical school of Pragmatism, "the father of functional psychology"
  • James McKeen Cattell - first person to be given the distinction of "professor of psychology" in the United States at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Joseph Jastrow - head of the psychological section of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893


  1. ↑ Thorndike, Edward L. "Biographical Memoir of Granville Stanley Hall 1846-1924" National Academy of Science Biographical Memoirs. Vol. XII, 5th Memoir. 1925. Accessed on April 24, 2008.