Ansbacher, Heinz L. 1904-2006

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ANSBACHER, Heinz L. 1904-2006
(Heinz Ludwig Ansbacher)


See index for CA sketch: Born October 21, 1904, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; died June 22, 2006, in Burlington, VT. Psychologist, educator, and author. Ansbacher was a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Vermont and an authority on the works of Alfred Adler. A 1937 graduate of Columbia University, where he earned his Ph.D., he worked briefly for the Works Progress Administration before entering academia. A year at Yeshiva University as an instructor was followed by three years as assistant editor of psychological abstracts at Brown University in the early 1940s. Ansbacher taught at Brooklyn College from 1945 to 1946 before joining the University of Vermont faculty. Here he remained for the rest of his career, rising to full professor of psychology and retiring in 1970. Ansbacher was best known for his writings about Adler, who theorized about abnormal psychology and was noted for his theory of the inferiority complex. Along with his wife, Rowena, he edited three respected works on Adler: The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler (1956), Superiority and Social Interest: A Collection of Later Writings (1964), and Co-Operation between the Sexes: Writings on Women, Love and Marriage, Sexuality and Its Disorders (1978). Also the editor of the Journal of Individual Psychology during the 1950s and 1960s, Ansbacher edited other books and wrote the original scholarly texts Perception of Numbers as Affected by the Monetary Value of the Objects: A Critical Study of the Method Used in the Extended Constancy Phenomena (1937) and Attitudes of German Prisoners of War: A Study of the Dynamics of National-Socialistic Followership (1948).



Chicago Tribune, June 26, 2006, section 3, p. 12.

New York Times, June 24, 2006, p. A14.