WELCOME TO THE WINTHROP KELLOGG PART OF OUR HISTORY WEB SITE

Winthrop Kellogg joined the Psychology faculty at the newly expanded Florida State University in 1950, after a distinguished research career at Indiana University. He was 52 years old. Until he retired in 1963, he carried out pioneering research at FSU in echolocation by porpoises and by humans. His presence on the faculty provided significant momentum for the Department to attract vigorous new faculty and graduate students to Psychology, and significant federal funding. It is not an exaggeration to say that Kellogg's influence in the 1950s laid the foundation for the Department's striking growth in years ahead.

On this site, you will find an emphasis on Kellogg's work at FSU. However, you can gain a broader perspective from an overview and appraisal of his entire career, written on the occasion of FSU naming its Psychology Research Building in Kellogg's honor, and from an obituary written by one of Kellogg's doctoral students at the University of Indiana.

We hope this site provides a good look at how a distinguished researcher, newly arrived at an embryonic university in the South in 1950, turned his curiosity about animal behavior to an entirely new research problem -- the amazing ability of porpoises to navigate. Kellogg's approach to this problem is a textbook case of how a rigorous scientific approach can reveal the foundation of complex behavioral phenomena. His subsequent attempts to understand the function of echolocation in blind and sighted humans provide a wonderful example of how basic research with animals can suggest important approaches to human behavior.

We hope you enjoy this part of our history site.


WINTHROP N. KELLOGG (1898-1972) - FSU PSYCHOLOGY'S FIRST RESEARCH SUPERSTAR

Winthrop Kellogg: A Biographical Sketch

How Was Winthrop Kellogg Viewed By His Colleagues and Students?

Overview and Appraisals of Kellogg's entire career: Benjamin & Bruce (1982) and Deese (1973).

Porpoise & Sonar Research at FSU

Human Echolocation Research at FSU

Dedication of the Kellogg Research Building at  Florida State University (1982)