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Kurt Lewin

1890 - 1947

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Kurt Lewin ( lə-VEEN; 9 September 1891 – 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 1,143,801 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Kurt Lewin is the 18th most popular psychologist (up from 20th in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Poland (down from 31st 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 18 out of 183Before him are Erik Erikson, Viktor Frankl, Carl Rogers, Gustave Le Bon, Albert Bandura, and John B. Watson. After him are B. F. Skinner, Edward Thorndike, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Daniel Kahneman, and Wilhelm Reich.

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Among people born in 1890, Kurt Lewin ranks 12Before him are Boris Pasternak, Friedrich Paulus, H. P. Lovecraft, Egon Schiele, Karel Čapek, and Alfred Jodl. After him are Fritz Lang, Colonel Sanders, Stan Laurel, George II of Greece, Lawrence Bragg, and Man Ray. Among people deceased in 1947, Kurt Lewin ranks 7Before him are Max Planck, Henry Ford, Al Capone, Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Rudolf Höss, and Aleister Crowley. After him are Philipp Lenard, Christian X of Denmark, Jozef Tiso, Victor Horta, George II of Greece, and Raoul Wallenberg.

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Among people born in Poland, Kurt Lewin ranks 32 out of 1,454Before him are Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Wisława Szymborska (1923), Arthur Rubinstein (1887), Adam Mickiewicz (1798), Maximilian Kolbe (1894), and Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941). After him are Irena Sendler (1910), Marie Leszczyńska (1703), Bronisław Malinowski (1884), Leonid Kravchuk (1934), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), and Günther von Kluge (1882).


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).