Benjamin Spock

1903 - 1998

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Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician and liberal political activist whose book Baby and Child Care (1946) is one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century, selling 500,000 copies in the six months after its initial publication in 1946 and 50 million by the time of Spock's death in 1998. The book's premise to mothers was that they "know more than you think you do." Spock's parenting advice and recommendations revolutionized parental upbringing in the United States, and he is considered to be amongst the most famous and influential Americans of the 20th century.Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis to try to understand children's needs and family dynamics. His ideas about childcare influenced several generations of parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children and to treat them as individuals. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benjamin Spock has received more than 1,080,041 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Benjamin Spock is the 108th most popular psychologist (down from 95th in 2019), the 1,826th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,532nd in 2019) and the 36th most popular American Psychologist.

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Among psychologists, Benjamin Spock ranks 108 out of 182Before him are Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay, Wilfred Bion, Serge Moscovici, James McKeen Cattell, Heinz Kohut, and Émile Coué. After him are Adolf Bastian, Urie Bronfenbrenner, Marie-Louise von Franz, R. D. Laing, Édouard Claparède, and William McDougall.

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Among people born in 1903, Benjamin Spock ranks 81Before him are Vladimir Bartol, Walker Evans, Sadegh Hedayat, Henry Corbin, Alice Herz-Sommer, and Silvina Ocampo. After him are Johannes Heesters, Lou Gehrig, Joan Robinson, Uichiro Hatta, Cornell Woolrich, and Charlotte Perriand. Among people deceased in 1998, Benjamin Spock ranks 58Before him are Kunitaka Sueoka, Agostino Casaroli, Maria Reiche, Jerome Robbins, Verner Panton, and Haxhi Lleshi. After him are Clara Rockmore, Kenichi Fukui, Marie-Louise von Franz, Remo Giazotto, Carl Perkins, and Zlatko Čajkovski.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benjamin Spock ranks 1,826 out of 15,968Before him are Michael Dudikoff (1954), James L. Brooks (1940), Kim Hunter (1922), Vannevar Bush (1890), Asa Griggs Candler (1851), and Don Ameche (1908). After him are Saul Kripke (1940), Thomas A. Steitz (1940), Jane Jacobs (1916), John O'Keefe (1939), Lou Gehrig (1903), and Nettie Stevens (1861).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, Benjamin Spock ranks 36Before him are Clark L. Hull (1884), Walter Bradford Cannon (1871), Rollo May (1909), Harry Stack Sullivan (1892), Benjamin Bloom (1913), and James McKeen Cattell (1860). After him are George Kelly (1905), Robert Sternberg (1949), J. P. Guilford (1897), Carol Gilligan (1936), Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944), and Rensis Likert (1903).