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Gordon H. Bower
BornDecember 30, 1932(1932-12-30)
Scio, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 17, 2020(2020-06-17) (aged 87)
Stanford, California, U.S.
FieldsCognitive psychology
InstitutionsStanford University
Alma materWestern Reserve University
Doctoral advisorFrank A. Logan
Notable studentsJohn R. Anderson, Lawrence W. Barsalou, Lera Boroditsky, Keith Holyoak, Stephen Kosslyn, Alan Lesgold, Mark A. Gluck, Robert Sternberg
Notable awardsNational Medal of Science (2005)

Gordon Howard Bower (December 30, 1932 – June 17, 2020) was an American cognitive psychologist. He studied human memory, language comprehension, emotion, and behavior modification.

He held the A. R. Lang Emeritus Professorship at Stanford University.

He was voted number 42 in the list of most notable psychologists of the 20th century, published by the Review of General Psychology.[1] He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2005.

Bower died on June 17, 2020 at his home in Stanford, California from pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 87.[2]


  1. Haggbloom, S.J. et al, 2002, The 100 Most Eminent Psychologists of the 20th Century, Review of General Psychology, Vol. 6, No. 2, 139–152.
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