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I. Gormezano Papers

Identifier: RG99.0161

Scope and Contents

The I. Gormezano Papers are arranged in two series: Publications and Photographs. They document his career as a professor and researcher in experimental psychology. The Publications series is arranged chronologically in three bound volumes: Volume 1 (1958-1975), Volume 2 (1975-1983), and Volume 3 (1984-1995). These volumes consist entirely of articles authored or co-authored by Mr. Gormezano. The Photographs series includes portraits of professional colleagues and students as well as photos of conference gatherings.


  • 1909-1996


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Isidore Gormezano was born on July 20, 1930, and graduated in 1948 from Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan, New York. He received the B.A. from New York University, University Heights College, in 1952. After serving in the Army Medical Corps in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, he studied experimental psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received the M.A. in 1957. The following year he received the Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the same institution, with a minor in Mathematical Statistics.

From 1958 to 1966, he was a member of the faculty, starting as an instructor, at Indiana University at Bloomington. He attained the rank of professor by the time he completed his tenure at Indiana. On September 1, 1966, he was appointed professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa, where he remained for the rest of his academic career. In 1997, he was named The Kenneth W. Spence Professor of Psychology at Iowa.

His other teaching engagements included the University of California, Berkeley (visiting assistant professor, fall 1963 and winter-spring 1970), the University of Western Australia, Perth (distinguished visiting professor, fall 1975), University of California, Irvine (visiting professor, spring 1977), University of Miami, Coral Gables (visiting professor, spring 1990), and the University of New South Wales, Sydney (visiting professor, fall 1990).

Among I. Gormezano's many honors were the Pavlovian Investigator Award, The Pavlovian Society, for Distinguished Research Achievements (1992); The Howard Crosby Warren Medal, Society of Experimental Psychologists, for Distinguished Contributions to Experimental Psychology (1994); and a Founding Council Member of the I.P. Pavlov International Science Center, St. Petersburg, Russia (1993).


0.75 linear feet


University of Iowa professor of psychology, 1966-2002. Fellow, American Psychological Association.

Method of Acquisition

Prof. Gormezano transferred the collection to the University Libraries in 2003.

Related Materials

Records of the Dept. of Psychology (RG06.0030.001)

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Collection processed by Ashley DeGross and David McCartney in 2003.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242