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B F Skinner Burrhus Frederic Skinner psychologist and behaviorist was born in Susquhanna Pennsylvania in 1904 to William Skinner and Grace Burrhus His father was a lawywer and his mother was a naturally bright woman Skinner had only one sibling his brother died at the age of sixteen Skinner lived most of his life in Susquhanna He did not leave the house he was born in until he left to go to college He was raised very close to his grandparents who had a major impact on his early life He was also close to his parents He and his mother and father all graduated from the same high school This was the same school that he had attended for all twelve years of his education Skinner attended Hamilton College at the reccomadation of a family friend He took many different types of courses before deciding to major in English and minor in Romance Languages Skinner felt that he did not fit in at college He disliked the fraterninty that he had joined and he did not understand why the college required the courses that it did He felt that he was made to take too much physical education and not enough emphasis was place on actual academics The summer before his senior year he attended the Middlebury School of English at Breadloaf Vermont During this summer he had lunch with Robert Frost Frost asked to see his work and gave Skinner a lot of enfouragemant This led him to the decision to become a writer Skinners father was not happy with this decision He has hoped that his son would become a lawywer like himself His father eventually agreed to his decision and Skinner moved back home to start his new career He built himself an office in his parents house where he could write He was to try to be a writer for two years and if this did not work out
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