Psychometric Society Timeline

Society Founded

The six founders of the society were (in the order shown from left to right in the picture) Albert K. Kurtz, Paul Horst (see also here), L. L. Thurstone (see also here), John Stalnaker, Marion W. Richardson and Jack W. Dunlap

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Society Founded

The six founders of the society were (in the order shown from left to right in the picture) Albert K. Kurtz, Paul Horst (see also here), L. L. Thurstone (see also here), John StalnakerMarion W. Richardson and Jack W. Dunlap. The first organizational meeting of the Psychometric Society took place on September 4, 1935, at Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the session of the American Psychological Association.

According to Dunlap (1942), the founders of the society initially came together, not to start a society but to start the journal Psychometrika. Paul Horst's failed attempt to find a journal devoted to quantitative methods as applied to education and psychology led him to discuss the matter at length with Kurtz and to carefully examine the possibility of such a journal with Thurstone and Richardson in 1933. Dunlap was brought on board because of his connection with the Journal of Educational Psychology.  In the spring and summer of 1934, Horst, Kurtz, Richardson and Stalnaker worked on details of the journal such as costs and publishers. Plans by these six men to start the journal crystallized during the 1934 fall meeting of the American Psychological Association at Columbia University. At this meeting, Kurtz began to emphasize that readers of the journal would be likely to be interested in forming a society.

See History Page for a quote by Dunlap (1942), references, and picture credits.

First issue of Psychometrika

In March 1936, the first Issue of Psychometrika is published. The first editors were Paul Horst (shown in picture) and Albert K. Kurtz. The printer was Dentan Printing Company, in Colorado Springs.
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First issue of Psychometrika

In March 1936, the first Issue of  Psychometrika was published.  The first editors were Paul Horst (shown in picture) and Albert K. Kurtz.  The printer was Dentan Printing Company, in Colorado Springs.  The Editorial Council consisted of L. L. Thurstone (Chair), Paul Horst and Albert K. Kurtz (editors) and Marion W. Richardon (managing editor).

"Paul Horst offered to underwrite the losses of the journal for the first year for up to one-fourth its cost. The example was followed to a lesser extent by Albert K. Kurtz, L. L. Thurstone, Marion W. Richardson and Jack Dunlap. Further pledges of support were received from J. P. Guilford, Harold Gulliksen, G. F. Kuder, Irving Lorge, John Stalnaker and Edward L. Thorndike." (Horst & Stalnaker, 1986)

See History Page for references (in particular, Dunlap, 1942 and Horst & Stalnaker, 1986).

Student membership introduced

During the September 1937 meeting of the Psychometric Society, student membership was introduced ($3/year versus “regular rate for full membership” of $5/year).

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Student membership introduced

During the September 1937 meeting of the Psychometric Society, student membership was introduced ($3/year versus “regular rate for full membership” of $5/year).

Reference: Tyron, R. C. (1939). Announcement: Student membership and subscription. Psychometrika, 4(1), 74.

APA Division 4

The Secretary of the American Psychological Association (APA) sent an invitation to the Psychometric Society to become a charter division of the APA. The Psychometric Society decided not to accept the invitation at this time.
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APA Division 4

"The Secretary of the American Psychological Association (APA) sent an invitation to the Psychometric Society to become a charter division of the APA. The Psychometric Society decided not to accept the invitation at this time." (Psychological Bulletin, 1945, 42(10), p.701)
 
In the original plan, the Psychometric Society was to become Division 4, but the affiliation was rejected by that society, and the number has remained vacant to the present day. (See Dewsbury, D.A. (1997). On the evolution of divisions. American Psychologist, 52(7), 733-741.)
 

First female president

From 1949 to 1950, Dorothy C. Adkins was the first female President of the Psychometric Society.

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First female president

From 1949 to 1950, Dorothy C. Adkins was the first female President of the Psychometric Society.

For more information on the life of Dorothy C. Adkins, see here.

First publication of business meeting

In December 1958, the minutes of the Business Meeting of the Psychometric Society were published for the first time.

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In December 1958, the minutes of the Business Meeting of the Psychometric Society were published for the first time.

During the business meeting "it was moved, seconded and passed that the minutes of the Annual Business Meeting be published hereafter in Psychometrika." (DuBois, P. H. (1958). Minutes of the 1958 Annual Business Meeting of the Psychometric Society. Psychometrika, 23(4), 395-397. )

Incorporation under the laws of New Jersey

On March 8 1962, the Psychometric Society became a corporation organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey.

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Incorporation under the laws of New Jersey

On March 8 1962, the Psychometric Society became a corporation organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey.

“W. B. Schrader presented a report from the Committee on Relations Between the Psychometric Society and the Psychometric Corporation. This indicated that the ballot sent out in October 1961 on the proposal to incorporate the Society and adopt new by-laws had resulted in a favorable vote: 403 Yes, 7 No. On March 8, five persons met and signed the Articles of Incorporation. These articles were duly recorded and filed, and the incorporation of the Society under the laws of the State of New Jersey was thus accomplished." (DuBois, P. H. (1962). Minutes of the 1962 Annual Business Meeting of the Psychometric Society. Psychometrika, 27(4), 425-429.)

In December 1962, the Bylaws and Certificate of Incorportation were published in Psychometrika (27(4), 431-436 and 27(4), 437-439, respectively).

First European Meeting

From June 15 until June 17, 1978, the first European Meeting of the Psychometric Society was held at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

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From June 15 until June 17, 1978, the first European Meeting of the Psychometric Society was held at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. At this time, Karl G. Jöreskog (see also here) was the President (1977-78) and Bengt Muthén and Ami Nicholls were the local organizers. The program was published in Psychometrika (1978, 43(4), 589-597) and can be found here.

First Dissertation Prize

The Psychometric Society Dissertation Prize was introduced. 

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The Psychometric Society Dissertation Prize was introduced. This was done upon a proposal from the Dissertation Award Committee submitted by Howard Wainer at the Business Meeting. The first recipients, in 1993, were Carolyn Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign (advisor Stanley Wasserman) and Eric Maris, KU Leuven (Advisor Paul De Boeck).

Website Established

The society climbs aboard the information superhighway.

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"The forming of a central office at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was announced and Wanda Baker, the central office manager, was thanked for the organization of this year's annual meeting. He also introduced a new website (http://www.psychometricsociety.org) where members can get updated information such as the minutes from the annual meeting." (McLeod, L. D. (2001). Minutes of the Psychometric Society Business Meeting, June 23, 2001. Psychometrika, 66(4), 609-610.)

First IMPS

IMPS 2001 was the first annual meeting of the Psychometric Society that took place outside North America or Europe and the first meeting to be called "International Meeting of the Psychometric Society".

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IMPS 2001 was the first annual meeting of the Psychometric Society that took place outside North America or Europe and the first meeting to be called "International Meeting of the Psychometric Society". The 11 previous meetings in Europe had been called "European Meeting of the Psychometric Society," and they were implicitly relabled by calling IMPS 2001 the 12th "International Meeting of the Psychometric Society."  See here for a list of all past meetings.

IMPS 2001 was the first Asian meeting and took place at Osaka University, Japan. David Thissen was president, Haruo Yanai and Akinori Okada were chair and vice chair of the organizing committee, Kazuo Shigemasu was chair of the international program committee, and Yutaka Kano was chair of the local arrangements committee.

The picture with the IMPS 2001 sign on the left and Yutaka Kano on the right was taken by David Thissen.

See also: 

Program of the 2001 International Meeting of the Psychometric Society. Psychometrika (2001), 66 (4), 599-608.