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Jean Piaget

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Net worth 2018: $400,000
Industry: Psychologists
Residence: Neuchatel
Country: Swiss
BirthDay: 9 August 1896
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: September 16, 1980
Education: University of Neuchâtel, University of Zurich

Jean Piaget was bornon 9 August 1896 in Neuchatel, Swiss. Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist and philosopher best known for his work on the cognitive development in children. He identified his field of study as ‘genetic epistemology’, a theory which combines cognitive development with epistemological view. Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature, origin, extent, and limits of human knowledge. What Piaget studied was the impact of genetics on the epistemological process. An intelligent child with a curious mind, Jean Piaget’s inclination towards scientific research was evident from his childhood when he began researching on an albino sparrow when he was just 11 years old. His interests later on were directed at psychoanalysis and he assisted Alfred Binet, the developer of Binet intelligence tests in marking the tests. During this time he became interested in the process of cognitive development in young children which differed considerably form the cognitive processes of older children and adults, and this motivated him to study the development of thinking processes in children. He considered education as a very important tool of imparting knowledge and believed that only education had the power of saving future societies from possible collapse. He founded the International Center for Genetic Epistemology in Geneva and served as its director till his death.


He led an active life till his death and was the Emeritus Professor at the University of Geneva from 1971 till 1980


He served as the chief consultant at two conferences at Cornell University and the University of California in 1964


He also served as the director of the International Centre for Genetic Epistemology in Geneva from 1955 till 1980


In 1954, he was elected the president of the International Union of Scientific Psychology and held this position till 1957


He became the Director of the International Bureau of Education (IBE) in 1929 and held this position till 1968


He served as the professor of psychology, sociology, and philosophy of science at the University of Neuchatel from 1925 to 1929


He returned to Switzerland in 1921 to work as director of research at the Rousseau Institute in Geneva


During the 1920s, he became increasingly interested in the psychology of young children


He received his doctorate from the University of Neuchatel in 1918 and then undertook post doctoral training at the University of Zurich from 1918 to 1919


He was one of the most influential development psychologists of the 20th century who was best known for propounding the theory of cognitive development

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