Koffka, Kurt

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Koffka, Kurt Gender: M
born on 18 March 1886 at 12:45 (= 12:45 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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German psychologist who, along with Max Wertheimer and his close associate Wolfgang Kohler, established Gestalt psychology. Koffka’s interests were wide-ranging, and they included perception, hearing impairments in brain-damaged patients, interpretation, learning, and the extension of Gestalt theory to developmental psychology.

From 1904-1907 Koffka was enrolled in the University of Berlin as a psychology student and earned his PhD there in 1909 as a student of Carl Stumpf.

In 1927, he accepted a position at the Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, which he retained until his death on 22 November 1941 from Coronary thrombosis.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Wertheimer, Max (born 15 April 1880). Notes: Co-founders of Gestalt psychology


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1921 ("The Growth of the Mind")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1935 ("Principles of Gestalt Psychology")
  • Death by Disease 22 November 1941 (Coronary thrombosis, age 55)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin City Archives.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Coronary thrombosis)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Psychologist
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Psychology)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Co-founder of Gestalt psychology)