Henry Gleitman, psychologist, died at 90

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Henry Gleitman, born on January 4, 1925and died September 2, 2015, he was a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gleitman was born in Leipzig, Germany. Gleitman received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

He then taught at Swarthmore College before joining the UPenn faculty in 1953.

Gleitman was a cognitive psychologist with interests in language (especially the relationship between semantics and syntax), but he claimed, “I’m probably better identified as a general psychologist whose research interests range over many of the traditional areas of psychological inquiry.”

Gleitman was willing to work with students in any field of psychology if that student can interest him in his/her proposed field of research.

He is best known for his authorship of Psychology, a classic textbook first published in 1981 used in many Introduction to Psychology classes, now in its eighth edition.

Henry Gleitman was married to fellow psychologist Lila R. Gleitman, an internationally renowned language acquisition researcher, who is also a Professor Emerita of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Henry and Lilia Geleitman collaborated with research. He died on September 2, 2015 at age 90.

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