Burrhus Frederic Skinner) was an American behaviorist, author, inventor, social philosopher and poet. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974.
Skinner invented the operant conditioning chamber, innovated his own philosophy of science called radical behaviorism, and founded his own school of experimental research psychology—the experimental analysis of behavior.
In a June, 2002 survey, Skinner was listed as the most influential psychologist of the 20th century. He was a prolific author who published 21 books and 180 articles.
B.F. Skinner described his Pennsylvania childhood as "warm and stable." Skinner married Yvonne Blue in 1936, and the couple went on to have two daughters, Julie and Deborah.
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