Harry Helson, onetime professor of psychology,
was born on November 9, 1898, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He received
a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College in 1921 and master's
and doctoral degrees from Harvard University in 1922 and 1924,
Professor Helson taught at the University of
Kansas, Bryn Mawr College, and Brooklyn College. He joined the
faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1951, where he
taught until 1961.
Dr. Helson coedited Theoretical Foundations
of Psychology (1951) and Contemporary Approaches to Psychology
(1967). He authored Adapatation-Level Theory, An Experimental
and Systematic Aproach to Behavior (1964). He also published
more than 40 articles in professional journals, including the
American Journal of Psychology and the Journal of Experimental
Professor Helson served as president of the
division of general psychology of the American Psychological Association
and as editor of the Psychological Bulletin.
In 1959 he won the Warren Medal from the Society
of Experimental Psychologists for outstanding research.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared
by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web
site on May 24, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found
in the UT Office of Public Affairs.