John C. Flanagan

Psychologist, Organization founder

1906 –


Who is John C. Flanagan?

John Clemans Flanagan, was a noted psychologist most known for developing the Critical Incident Technique, which identifies and classifies behaviors associated with the success or failure of human activity. He was a pioneer of aviation psychology. During World War II Flanagan was commissioned by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 to head an aviation psychology program that developed tests to help identify pilots suitable for combat missions.

Flanagan was born in Armour, South Dakota on January 7, 1906, and raised in Seattle, Washington. He died on April 15, 1996 at his home in Menlo Park, California. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1929, and was the starting quarterback on the football team his senior year. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1934.

In 1946, Flanagan founded the American Institutes for Research, a not-for-profit behavioral and social research organization that applied the Critical Incident Technique to education and other fields.

In 1960 Flanagan initiated Project Talent, a massive survey of more than 400,000 high school students throughout the United States.

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Jan 7, 1906
Also known as
  • John Flanagan
  • John Clemans Flanagan
  • University of Washington
  • Harvard University
Dec 31, 1969

on July 23, 2013


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