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Terman, Frederick Emmons (07 June 1900–19 December 1982), electrical engineer and educator, was born in English, Indiana, the son of Lewis M. Terman, a psychologist, and Anna Minton. He grew up on the campus of Stanford University, where his father, an expert on mental testing, taught psychology. Intellectually precocious, Terman tested at the genius level on the Stanford-Binet intelligence scale that his father had devised, and was one of the subjects in his father’s famous study of gifted children. Terman’s parents, convinced that conventional education only stifled the truly gifted, taught him at home until the age of nine. Terman then excelled in school, skipping grades and graduating at the top of his Stanford class in 1920 with a degree in chemical engineering. Switching to electrical engineering, he earned a master’s degree under ...