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301. Anthropology, Demography, Psychology, and Sociology[X]
1Name:  Dr. Patrick Suppes
 Institution:  Stanford University
 Year Elected:  1991
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  301. Anthropology, Demography, Psychology, and Sociology
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1922
 Death Date:  November 17, 2014
Philosopher Patrick Suppes was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1922. Initially he studied meteorology, graduating from the University of Chicago, and was later stationed at the Solomon Islands during WWII. After the war, he earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he was a student of Ernest Nagel. In 1952 he went to Stanford University, where, from 1959-92, he directed the Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences (IMSSS). He remained active at Stanford through 2014 and was the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy Emeritus. Dr. Suppes was best known for his contributions to philosophy of science, theory of measurement, foundations of quantum mechanics, decision theory, psychology, and educational technology. In the 1960s, he and Richard C. Atkinson conducted experiments in using computers to teach math and reading to schoolchildren in the Palo Alto area. Stanford's Education Program for Gifted Youth and Computer Curriculum Corporation (CCC, now named Pearson Education Technologies) is an indirect descendant of those early experiments. In 1978 Dr. Suppes was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences for his work on mathematical psychology. In 1990, he was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Science by President George H. W. Bush. He was also the laureate of the 2003 Lakatos Award for his contributions to the philosophy of science, and in 2004 he received the Lauener Preze in philosophy. He was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1991. Patrick Suppes died November 17, 2014, at the age of 92 in Stanford, California.
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