Alfred Binet

French psychologist and inventor of the first usable intelligence test

Alfred Binet (French: [binɛ]; 8 July 1857 – 18 October 1911) was a French psychologist who invented the first practical IQ test. This is called the Binet–Simon test.[2]

Alfred Binet
Alfred Binet
Born8 July 1857 (1857-07-08)
Nice, France
Died18 October 1911[1]
Paris, France
Known forStanford–Binet Intelligence Scales
Binet–Simon test
SpouseLaure Balbiani
Scientific career
InfluencesJohn Stuart Mill
InfluencedJean Piaget

In 1905, the French Ministry of Education asked psychologist Alfred Binet to find which students did not learn effectively from regular classroom instruction. They could be given remedial work. With his collaborator Théodore Simon, Binet published revisions of his test in 1908 and 1911, the last of which appeared just before his death.

In 1984, the journal Science 84 picked the Binet-Simon scale as one of twenty of the century's most significant developments or discoveries.

Reference change

  1. "Alfred Binet". Archived from the original on 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2012-01-10., (February 20, 2004).
  2. O.L. Zangwill, 'Binet, Alfred', in R. Gregory, The Oxford Companion to the Mind. 1987, p88.