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Abraham Harold Maslow was born April 1 1908 in Brooklyn New York He was the first of seven children born to his parents who themselves were uneducated Jewish immigrants from Russia To satisfy his parents he first studied law at the City College of New York CCNY After three semesters he transferred to Cornell and then back to CCNY He married Bertha Goodman his first cousin against his parents wishes Abe and Bertha went on to have two daughters He and Bertha moved to Wisconsin so that he could attend the University of Wisconsin Here he became interested in psychology and his school work began to improve dramatically He received his BA in 1930 his MA in 1931 and his PhD in 1934 all in psychology all from the University of Wisconsin A year after graduation he returned to New York to work with E L Thorndike at Columbia where Maslow became interested in research on human sexuality He began teaching full time at Brooklyn College During this period of his life he came into contact with the many European intellectuals that were immigrating to the US and Brooklyn in particular at that time people like Adler Fromm Horney as well as several Gestalt and Freudian psychologists In 1951 Maslow served as the chair of the psychology department at Brandeis for 10 years where he met Kurt Goldstein who introduced him to the idea of self-actualization and began his own theoretical work It was also here that he began his crusade for a humanistic psychology something ultimately much more important to him than his own theorizing He spend his final years in semi-retirement in California until on June 8 1970 he died of a heart attack after years of ill health Abraham Maslow is known for establishing the theory of a hierarchy of needs writing that human beings
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