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Stanley Smith Stevens

educator , psychophysicist

Stanley Smith Stevens, American psychophysicist; educator. Recipient Beltone Institute award for distinguished accomplishment, 1966; Rayleigh gold medal British Acoustical Society, 1972.


Stevens, Stanley Smith was born on November 4, 1906 in Ogden, Utah, United States. Son of Stanley S. and Adeline (Smith) Stevens.


Student U. Utah, 1927-1929. Bachelor of Arts, Stanford, 1931. Doctor of Philosophy., Harvard, 1933.


1 son, Peter Smith; married second, Geraldine Stone, April 11, 1963. Assistant in psychology Harvard, 1932-1934, nat. research fellow Medical School, 1934-1935, research fellow in physics, 1935-1936, faculty, 1936-1973, professor, 1946-1962, professor psychophysics, 1962-1973, director psychoacoustic laboratory, 1944-1962, laboratory psychophysics, 1962-1973, psychological labs., 1949-1962. Section member National Defense Research Committee, 1942-1945.

Expert consultant Research and Development Board, 1946-1952. Chairman National Research Council Division Anthropology and Psychology, 1949-1952. Member sensory diseases study section National Institutes of Health, 1956-1958.

Member National Academy Sciences National Research Council Physiological Psychology.


  • Author: (with Hallowell Davis) Hearing, Its Psychology and Physiology, 1938. (with W.H. Sheldon, Warner Bros. Tucker) The Varieties of Human Physique, 1940.

    (with W.H. Sheldon) Varieties of Temperament, 1942. (with F. Warshofsky) Sound and Hearing, 1965. The Story of Psychophysics, 1974.

    Editor: Handbook of Experimental Psychology, 1951. Contributor articles to various publications.


Member National Defense Research Committee, 1942-1945. Fellow Acoustical Society American (executive council 1946-1949), American Psychological Association (Science award 1960). Member American Philosophical Society, National Academy Science, Society Experimental Psychologists (Howard Crosby Warren medal 1943), American Physiological Society, Eastern Psychological Association (past president), Psychonomic Society (governing board 1960-1961), American Association for the Advancement of Science (vice president section I 1955), American Academy Arts and Sciences, Philosophy Science Association (governing board 1957-1959), Optical Society American, Society for Neurosci., American Institute Physics, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Pi Kappa Alpha.

Member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Married Maxine Leonard, March 28, 1930 (deceased).; married second, Geraldine Stone, April.

Stanley S. Stevens

Adeline (Smith) Stevens

Maxine Leonard

Geraldine Stone