Irving I. Gottesman standing outside his office in the Department of Psychology, Elliott Hall, at the University of Minnesota, October, 2009. Note the prestigious Dobzhansky Award certificate on his door, given to him in June 1990.
Photo credit: Nancy L. Segal
In Memory Of…Irving I. Gottesman
Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior
IRVING I. GOTTESMAN
COLLEAGUE, MENTOR, FRIEND
29 December 1930 – 29 June 2016
Professor Irving I. Gottesman—fondly known to friends and colleagues as Irv—enjoyed an extraordinary career that coupled careful empirical analysis with novel and incisive conceptual thinking. Looking to the data and not bound by extant views of behavior, his work upended the view that prevailed at the beginning of his career, which held that variation in behavior exclusively reflected the effects of the environment. Indeed, Gottesman profoundly changed thinking about psychopathology and about the sources of variation in behavior more broadly.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio to Hungarian-Romanian Jewish immigrants, and a science enthusiast from an early age, Irv began studying physics while serving as an officer in the United States Navy. He later switched to psychology, completing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota,Learn More..