Thomas Kuhn 7/18/1922- 6/17/1996

  • Early life

    Thomas Kuhn was born July 18 1922 in Cincinnati Ohio. His father Samuel Kuhn was an industrial engineer, a graduate from Harvard, and he fought in World War 1. His mother Minette Kuhn was born into wealth from her family in New York. She is a graduate from Vassar Collage, wrote articles for progressive organizations for free, and worked as an editor.
  • Education

    Kindergarten to fifth grade,Thomas attended a private school named Lincoln School in Manhattan, New York. From sixth to ninth grade, Thomas attended another private school named Hessian Hills School in a small town called Croton on Hudson. For tenth grade he moved again to another private school named Solebury school in Solebury Pennsylvania. The last school he attended as a high school student was Taft School a private boarding school in Watertown Connecticut.
  • Harvard

    Thomas Kuhn was an straight A student and was admitted into Harvard, he chose to major in Physics. He struggled a bit the beginning of his freshman year by making C's on his exams. Kuhn took some advice from his professor and by the end of his freshman year, his C's became A's. During his sophomore year he decided to put a rush on his education. In 1943, he graduated with a BS in Physics. After the war he returned back to Harvard and received his Masters in Physics and doctorates in 1949.
  • The Paradigm Shift

    The Paradigm Shift
    In 1962 Thomas Kuhn presented his notion of a paradigm shift in his most influential book, Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of scientific Revolutions (1962). The book is about the history of science and it's publication was a huge mark on scientific history.
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    In 1964, he moved to Princeton University and became a Professor of Philosophy and History of Science. In 1979, he became a Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He retired from MIT in 1991. In 1996 he died of cancer on June 17 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work and impact he had on scientific history will never go unnoticed and he will always be remembered.