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Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University.

Urie Bronfenbrenner was born in Moscow, Russia on April 29, 1917 and moved to the United States six years later. He attended Cornell University where he double majored in psychology and music in 1938. He received his M.A. at Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1942. That same year he was inducted into the Army where he served as a psychologist in the Air Corps and the Office of Strategic Services and then served in the Army Medical Corps. In 1948 he accepted a position in the Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell. He did extensive research and writings in the field of human development, international comparisons of child rearing, and his development of the theories of Human Ecology and the Bio-ecological Model. He was one of the founding members of Head Start. He received six honorary degrees, and was awarded numerous awards, including in 1996 the first American Psychological Association Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the service of Science and Society.