Stanley Milgram

AZL flag holder TransparentStanley Milgram (August 15th, 1933 – December 20th, 1984) was a Jewish social psychologist, best known for his controversial electric shock experiments conducted in the 1960s during his assistant professorship at Yale. Stanley Milgram was born in 1933 to a Jewish family in New York City. Milgram received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Queens College, New York but was initially rejected from Harvard University’s Ph.D. program in social psychology due to an insufficient background in psychology (he had not taken one undergraduate course in psychology while attending Queens College).  Yet still in 1960, Milgram received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard and became an assistant professor at Yale in the autumn of that year Milgram was denied tenure at Harvard because of his controversial electric shock Obedience Experiments but in 1963 submitted the results of his Obedience experiments in the article “Behavioural Study of Obedience” despite much controversy questioning the ethics of his work. Nevertheless, in 1964 Milgram won the AAAS Prize for Behavioural Science Research indicating a differing ethical standard among the judges. Thus in 1967 he was offered a full tenured professorship at the City University of New York Graduate Centre. Milgram’s most significant influence was the Jewish psychologist Solomon Asch.

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