Kurt Lewin

1890 - 1947

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Kurt Lewin ( lə-VEEN; 9 September 1890 – 12 February 1947) was a German-American psychologist, known as one of the modern pioneers of social, organizational, and applied psychology in the United States. During his professional career Lewin applied himself to three general topics: applied research, action research, and group communication. Lewin is often recognized as the "founder of social psychology" and was one of the first to study group dynamics and organizational development. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kurt Lewin has received more than 939,795 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Kurt Lewin is the 20th most popular psychologist, the 31st most popular biography from Poland (up from 39th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Psychologist.

Kurt Lewin is most famous for his work on group dynamics and organizational psychology. He is also known for the Lewin-Erickson theory of personality, which is a social-psychological theory that deals with the interaction between the person and the environment.

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Among psychologists, Kurt Lewin ranks 20 out of 182Before him are Viktor Frankl, Gustave Le Bon, Anna Freud, John B. Watson, Albert Bandura, and Edward Thorndike. After him are B. F. Skinner, Lawrence Kohlberg, Wilhelm Reich, Melanie Klein, Daniel Kahneman, and Gustav Fechner.

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Among people born in 1890, Kurt Lewin ranks 12Before him are Friedrich Paulus, Boris Pasternak, Vyacheslav Molotov, H. P. Lovecraft, Alfred Jodl, and Karel Čapek. After him are Fritz Lang, Stan Laurel, Colonel Sanders, Man Ray, George II of Greece, and Lawrence Bragg. Among people deceased in 1947, Kurt Lewin ranks 8Before him are Henry Ford, Al Capone, Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Rudolf Höss, Aleister Crowley, and Philipp Lenard. After him are Christian X of Denmark, Victor Horta, Jozef Tiso, Raoul Wallenberg, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and George II of Greece.

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Among people born in Poland, Kurt Lewin ranks 31 out of 1,231Before him are Marie Leszczyńska (1703), Zygmunt Bauman (1925), Maximilian Kolbe (1894), Günther von Kluge (1882), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), and Bronisław Malinowski (1884). After him are Wisława Szymborska (1923), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Władysław Szpilman (1911), Max Born (1882), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), and Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846).


Among psychologists born in Poland, Kurt Lewin ranks 1After him are Gustav Fechner (1801), Solomon Asch (1907), Alice Miller (1923), Hugo Münsterberg (1863), Kurt Goldstein (1878), Helene Deutsch (1884), and Abraham Brill (1874).