Rensis Likert

1903 - 1981

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Rensis Likert ( LIK-ərt; August 5, 1903 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, US – September 3, 1981 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) was an American social psychologist mainly known for developing the Likert scale, an approach to creating a psychometrically sound scale based on responses to multiple questions or "items." The scale has become a time-honored way to measure people's thoughts and feelings from opinion surveys to personality tests. In 1926, Likert received his B.A. in economics and sociology from the University of Michigan, and in 1932 he received a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University. Likert went on to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture until 1946, when he was influenced by World War II to work for the Office of War Information. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rensis Likert has received more than 197,403 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Rensis Likert is the 128th most popular psychologist, the 2,575th most popular biography from United States and the 42nd most popular American Psychologist.

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Among psychologists, Rensis Likert ranks 128 out of 182Before him are Ulric Neisser, Oswald Külpe, Franz Alexander, Carol Gilligan, Françoise Dolto, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. After him are Havelock Ellis, Henry Murray, Lisbeth Palme, Steven Pinker, Roberto Assagioli, and Emma Eckstein.

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Among people born in 1903, Rensis Likert ranks 112Before him are Richard Thomalla, Flaminio Bertoni, Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Gregory Goodwin Pincus, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Nikolai Voznesensky. After him are Vladimir Jankélévitch, Florence Owens Thompson, Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, K. Kamaraj, Bertrand de Jouvenel, and John Wyndham. Among people deceased in 1981, Rensis Likert ranks 66Before him are Christy Brown, Yakov Pavlov, Manuel Urrutia Lleó, Valeri Kharlamov, Nelson Algren, and Gunichi Mikawa. After him are Franjo Šeper, Duško Popov, Alberto Suppici, Kirill Kondrashin, Giuseppe Pella, and Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Rensis Likert ranks 2,575 out of 15,968Before him are Chris Pine (1980), Macaulay Culkin (1980), Jean Kennedy Smith (1928), Téa Leoni (1966), Taylor Swift (1989), and William M. Branham (1909). After him are Ignacio Zaragoza (1829), Gerard Damiano (1928), Robert Monroe (1915), Jean Arthur (1900), Jon Brower Minnoch (1941), and Alexander Haig (1924).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, Rensis Likert ranks 42Before him are Benjamin Spock (1903), George Kelly (1905), Robert Sternberg (1949), J. P. Guilford (1897), Carol Gilligan (1936), and Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944). After him are Henry Murray (1893), James J. Gibson (1904), Thomas Gordon (1918), Stanley Schachter (1922), David Ausubel (1918), and Arthur Janov (1924).