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Kurt Koffka

1886 - 1941

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Kurt Koffka (March 12, 1886 – November 22, 1941) was a German psychologist and professor. He was born and educated in Berlin, Germany; he died in Northampton, Massachusetts, from coronary thrombosis. He was influenced by his maternal uncle, a biologist, to pursue science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kurt Koffka has received more than 233,310 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Kurt Koffka is the 72nd most popular psychologist (up from 81st in 2019), the 904th most popular biography from Germany (up from 988th in 2019) and the 9th most popular German Psychologist.

Kurt Koffka was a German psychologist and Gestalt theorist. He is most famous for his work on Gestalt psychology, which he co-founded with Max Wertheimer and Wolfgang Köhler. Gestalt psychology is the study of how the mind organizes and perceives visual, auditory, and other sensory stimuli.

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Among psychologists, Kurt Koffka ranks 72 out of 183Before him are Frederick Herzberg, Bruno Bettelheim, Edward B. Titchener, Stanislav Grof, G. Stanley Hall, and David Wechsler. After him are Mary Ainsworth, Otto Rank, Ernst Heinrich Weber, Karl Abraham, Alice Miller, and Harry Harlow.

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Among people born in 1886, Kurt Koffka ranks 36Before him are Hugo Ball, Robert Robinson, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Michael Curtiz, Edward C. Tolman, and Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel. After him are Aron Nimzowitsch, Paul Tillich, Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Henri Coandă, Archibald Hill, and Garegin Nzhdeh. Among people deceased in 1941, Kurt Koffka ranks 37Before him are Gottfried Feder, Alexej von Jawlensky, Christian Rakovsky, Frederick Griffith, Émile Bernard, and Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya. After him are Louis Chevrolet, Dmitry Pavlov, Günther Lütjens, Mikhail Kirponos, Pál Teleki, and Sisowath Monivong.

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Among psychologists born in Germany, Kurt Koffka ranks 9Before him are Erik Erikson (1902), Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850), Karen Horney (1885), Hans Eysenck (1916), Fritz Perls (1893), and Ernst Kretschmer (1888). After him are Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795), Karl Abraham (1877), William Stern (1871), Karl Bühler (1879), Rudolf Arnheim (1904), and Marie-Louise von Franz (1915).