The making of a scientist

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Reviews the book, The making of a scientist by Anne Roe (see record 1953-15025-000). According to the reviewer, this book by a psychologist is addressed primarily to nonspychologists. Since the researches reported here are already available to psychologists in their professional journals, the interest of the volume for them will lie largely in the fact that it is an example of popular writing. The planning, the execution, the results, and the implications of the research are all here. The reviewer states that most readers of this journal, doubtless, have a speaking acquaintance with Dr. Roe's project. She spent nearly four years making “clinical studies of vocational choice and performance in terms of life history and character structure.” Sixty-four distinguished American-born research scientists in the age range 30 to 60 were her subjects. They were drawn in about equal numbers from the ranks of biologists, physicists, and social scientists (psychologists and anthropologists). A control group of competent but less distinguished scientists in the same fields was also studied by group methods. The results indicate that there are patterns in the life histories, intellectual abilities, and personality structure that are “more characteristic of scientists than they are of people at large, and some which are more characteristic of special kinds of scientists than of other scientists.” The reviewer states that her writing is clear and animated. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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