March 20, 1904- August 8, 1990
B.F. Skinner, also Burrhus Frederic Skinner, was an American psychologist, who specialized in the area of behavioralism. He was psychology professor at Hardvard university from 1958 until he retired in 1974. B.F. Skinner was one of the most influential of American psychologists. Skinner is best known for developing the theory of behaviorism. He developed the theory of operant conditioning. Operant conditioning is the idea that behavior is determined by its consequences. Skinner lived from the time period of 1904-1990. Skinner was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. Throughout Skinners life, he lived through such events as world war one and two, the cold war, the titanic, and many other historic events.
B.F. Skinner was a very important figure to psychology. The time period in which Skinner lived, may have also influenced him because of the little knowledge about psychology during that time. Skinner's studies still are used today and followed. Skinner once said "the consequences of behavior determine the probability that the behavior will occur again". Skinners influence to psychology will stay influential forever and will continue to be followed by psychologists.