Philip Zimbardo

1933 - Today

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Philip George Zimbardo (; born March 23, 1933) is an American psychologist and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He became known for his 1971 Stanford prison experiment, which was later severely criticised for both ethical and scientific reasons. He has authored various introductory psychology textbooks for college students, and other notable works, including The Lucifer Effect, The Time Paradox, and The Time Cure. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip Zimbardo has received more than 2,073,128 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. Philip Zimbardo is the 54th most popular psychologist (down from 45th in 2019), the 758th most popular biography from United States (down from 626th in 2019) and the 19th most popular American Psychologist.

Philip Zimbardo is most famous for his Stanford Prison Experiment. In the experiment, Zimbardo set up a fake prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology department and assigned volunteers to be either guards or prisoners. The experiment was supposed to last two weeks, but it was terminated after six days because the guards became so abusive.

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Among psychologists, Philip Zimbardo ranks 54 out of 182Before him are Wolfgang Köhler, Max Wertheimer, Sándor Ferenczi, Leon Festinger, Alexander Luria, and Aaron T. Beck. After him are Stanley Milgram, Edward C. Tolman, Solomon Asch, Fritz Perls, Ernst Kretschmer, and Ernst Heinrich Weber.

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Among people born in 1933, Philip Zimbardo ranks 39Before him are Heinrich Rohrer, Kim Novak, Wilbur Smith, Jerzy Grotowski, Jayne Mansfield, and Gian Maria Volonté. After him are Stanley Milgram, Abolhassan Banisadr, Manu Dibango, Steven Weinberg, Ali Shariati, and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji.

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Among people born in United States, Philip Zimbardo ranks 758 out of 15,968Before him are C. Wright Mills (1916), Joe DiMaggio (1914), John Dos Passos (1896), Lex Barker (1919), Aaron T. Beck (1921), and George Foreman (1949). After him are Stanley Milgram (1933), Hilary Putnam (1926), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), George Kennedy (1925), Mel Brooks (1926), and Benjamin Guggenheim (1865).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, Philip Zimbardo ranks 19Before him are Alfred Kinsey (1894), Milton H. Erickson (1901), Howard Gardner (1943), Albert Ellis (1913), Leon Festinger (1919), and Aaron T. Beck (1921). After him are Stanley Milgram (1933), Edward C. Tolman (1886), Roger Wolcott Sperry (1913), Martin Seligman (1942), Timothy Leary (1920), and G. Stanley Hall (1846).