Paul Fitts

Psychologist, Academic

1912 – 1965

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Who was Paul Fitts?

Paul M. Fitts was a psychologist at Ohio State University. He developed a model of human movement, Fitts's law, based on rapid, aimed movement, which went on to become one of the most highly successful and well studied mathematical models of human motion. By focusing his attention on human factors during his time as Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, Fitts became known as one of the pioneers in improving aviation safety. There are also indications Fitts worked in some capacity as a consultant concerning the interview of alleged UFO witnesses, and was planning work on how terrestrial or psychological explanations could account for UFO sightings.

In 1965 he died unexpectedly at the age of 53.

He was President of Division 21 of the American Psychological Association, in 1957-1958. The association now has a Paul Fitts honorary award. From 1962-63 Paul M. Fitts was president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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Born
May 6, 1912
Martin
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
1965

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on July 23, 2013

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