Science: Death of an Editor

For a half century no U.S. scientist has been officially dead until the patriarchal weekly Science published his obituary.

This week Science published the first obit that had not been carefully edited and put to press by Editor James McKeen Cattell.

As it must to all scientists, a Science obit had come to Dr. Cattell, 83.

In his own right as a scientist, Dr. Cattell rated much more than perfunctory notice. To him the U.S. owed not only much of its information about scientists, but also much of its passion for psychological tests. With...

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