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In the Memory of Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt

Vitthalrao B. Khyade

DIP: 18.02.003/20160104

DOI: 10.25215/2455/0104003

Received: October 02, 2016; Revision Received: November 05, 2016; Accepted: December 25, 2016


Credit of popularization of Intelligence Quotient(IQ) goes to Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt  (3 March 1883 – 10 October 1971), an educational psychologist and one of those responsible for devising the 11-plus. Burt claimed his 40 years of research proved a child’s intelligence was mainly inherited from its parents and that social circumstances played only a minor role. His research formed the basis of education policy for half a century-from the 1920s until the 1970s. Yet only a year after his death in 1971, evidence began to emerge that Burt was a fraudster who had simply invented results to fit his theories about the hereditability of intelligence. Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt  (3 March 1883 – 10 October 1971) was an English educational psychologist who made contributions to educational psychology and statistics. Burt is known for his studies on the heritability of IQ. Shortly after he died, his studies of inheritance and intelligence came into disrepute after evidence emerged indicating he had falsified research data. Some scholars have asserted that Burt did not commit fraud. All in all Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt was a well-respected and influential psychologist.

The authors profoundly appreciate all the people who have successfully contributed to ensuring this paper in place. Their contributions are acknowledged however their names cannot be mentioned.

The author declared no conflict of interest.

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Vitthalrao B. Khyade @ info@ijsi.in

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.02.003/20160104

DOI: 10.25215/2455/0104003

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Volume 01, Issue 4, October - December, 2016

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