Dr. Arnold Gesell
Nicknamed “The Father of Child Development”, Dr. Arnold Lucius Gesell spent his life observing and attempting to better our understanding of the development of children. Dr. Gesell made numerous innovative and invaluable contributions to the science of human development. Dr. Gesell was a renowned researcher and the first recognized school psychologist, studying at multiple universities under influential thought leaders such as G. Stanley Hall. Additionally, Dr. Gesell received an MD from Yale University in 1915. Dr. Gesell would then stay on at Yale to found the Yale Clinic of Child Development, now known as the Yale Child Study Center. He spent 37 years at Yale before retiring to lead the Gesell Institute of Child Development, and did so until his death in 1961.