Student U. Utah, 1927-1929. Bachelor of Arts, Stanford, 1931. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard, 1933.
Stevens authored a milestone textbook, the 1400+ page "Handbook of Experimental Psychology" (1951). He was also one of the founding organizers of the Psychonomic Society. In 1946 he introduced a theory of levels of measurement widely used by scientists but criticized by statisticians.
In addition, Stevens played a key role in the development of the use of operational definitions in psychology.
A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Stevens as the 52nd most cited psychologist of the 20th century. He was born in Ogden, Utah to Stanely and Adeline (Smith) Stevens and educated in Latter-day Saint-affiliated schools in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He attended the University of Utah from 1927 to 1929 and Stanford University for the next two years, graduating with an Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Stanford in 1931. Stevens played a key role in organising the in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Stevens organised eight meetings from October 1940 to mid 1941 for this group.
Their the group attracted a range of aim was the "debabelisation of science". lieutenant attracted a range of well-known scientists from different disciplines.
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.