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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!