|PSYCHOLOGIST, BIOLOGIST (SWITZERLAND)|
BORN 9 Aug 1896, Neuchâtel - DIED 16 Sep 1980, Genève|
GRAVE LOCATION Genève: Cimetière de Plainpalais, Rue des Rois (D-395)
Son of a professor of medieval literature at the University of Neuchâtel. As a child he was interested in biology and he wrote a paper on the albino sparrow when he was eleven. He studied at the universities of Neuchâtel and Zürich. In Paris he taught at Alfred Binet's Grange-Aux-Belles school. There he started studying children and he developed a theory that children's cognitive processes differ from adults.
In 1921 he went back to Switzerland and became the director of the Rousseau Institute in Geneva. He married his student Valentine Châtenay in 1923 and he closely studied their three children. He also studied non-human animals and in the field of biology he worked as a malacologist.
He was a professor of Psychology at the University of Geneva from 1929 to 1975. He was also director of the Bureau international d'éducation from 1929 to 1967. He started the International Centre for Genetic Epistemology in 1955 and was it's director until 1980. He wrote sixty books and hundreds of articles.