NameRobert Holmes Seashore
Birth14 Jun 1902, Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa
Death27 Aug 1951, Chicago
FatherCarl Emil Seashore (1866-1949)
MotherMary Roberta Holmes (1872-1949)
Misc. Notes

He was chair of the Psychology Department at Northwestern University (he was on the faculty of the Univ of Oregon in 1932).

He died during surgery for appendicitis (from a reaction to the anesthesia).

He is listed in the 1930 census (Oregon > Lane > Eugene > District 34 > 8) living with his wife (no kids).

They (parents, Walter and Norman) are listed in the 1940 census (Census Place: New Trier, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T627_783; Page: 62B; Enumeration District: 16-302).

From his listings in the Us City Directories, he lived in Iowa City through 1930), and was married and living in Eugene in 1932. They state he is a lawyer. Finally, they were still living in Eugene in 1942.

Time Magazine
Education: Words
Jan. 3, 1938

Inexact vocabularians have reckoned the average intelligent adult's vocabulary at about 15,000 words. Recently, however, Northwestern University's Psychology Professor Robert Holmes Seashore* devised a scientific test to determine the total number of English words a person would recognize. It is a multiple-choice examination using sample lists of "basic" and "derived" words from Funk & Wagnails' unabridged dictionary, which lists 450,000 words in all. Dr. Seashore's test includes common words as well as puzzlers like antisialogogue (an agent preventing the...
Birth2 Mar 1904, Iowa City, Iowa
DeathJul 1985, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, CA
Marriageabt 1930
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