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Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920) was a German professor.  He is considered to be the founder of Psychology.  Wundt mounted a campaign to make psychology an independent discipline.  In 1879, he succeeded in establishing the first formal laboratory for psychology research at university of Leipzig.  1881, Wundt established the first journal publishing research on psychology.  Wundt generated an estimated 54,000 pages of books and articles in his career.   

Psychology's "date of birth" was 1879.

Between 1883 and 1893 some 24 psychology laboratories sprang up around the United States and Canada due to the influence of Wundt.

G. Stanley Hall (1846-1924) briefly studied with Wundt.  Then towards the end of the 19th century, Hall reeled off a series of "firsts" for American psychology.  He established America's first research laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in 1883.  In 1887, he launched America's first psychology journal.  Hall was the driving force behind the establishment of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1892.  He was also elected the first president of the APA.  The organization was set up by him and 26 others.  Today, there are over 155,000 members and affiliates devoted to the advancement of psychology.         

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