Urie Bronfenbrenner

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Urie Bronfenbrenner (April 29, 1917–September 25, 2005) was a Russian American psychologist, known for developing his Ecological Systems Theory, and as a co-founder of the Head Start program in the United States for disadvantaged pre-school children.

Background and career

Urie Bronfenbrenner was born to Russian Jews, Dr. Alexander Bronfenbrenner and Eugenie Kamenetski Bronfenbrenner, in Moscow, Russia. When he was 6, the family moved from the USSR to the United States.

Bronfenbrenner attended Cornell University on a scholarship, completing a double major in psychology and music in 1938. After earning an M.A. at Harvard University in developmental psychology, he completed a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1942. Thereafter he entered service in the United States Army as a psychologist. Following a brief stint at the Veterans' Administration following World War II, Bronfenbrenner began teaching. First an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Michigan, he took a professorship at Cornell University in 1948. In the late 1960s to early 1970s, Bronfenbrenner served as a faculty-elected member of Cornell's Board of Trustees. At his death in 2005, Bronfenbrenner was the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Human Development and of Psychology in the Cornell University College of Human Ecology.

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