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date: 05 March 2021

Gilbreth, Lillian Evelyn Mollerlocked

(24 May 1878–02 January 1972)
  • Vern L. Bullough


Gilbreth, Lillian Evelyn Moller (24 May 1878–02 January 1972), industrial psychologist, was born in Oakland, California, the daughter of William Moller, a partner in a large retail hardware business, and Annie Delger. Lillian was tutored at home by her mother until she was nine, after which she attended public elementary and high schools. In high school she studied music with John Metcalfe, for whose song “Sunrise” she wrote the verses. Her lifelong interest in poetry began at this period. She attended the University of California in nearby Berkeley, receiving a B.Litt. degree in 1900. She was the first woman commencement speaker at Berkeley. She then moved to New York to begin graduate studies in English literature at Columbia University, but she soon left before getting a degree and returned to Berkeley, where she received an M.Litt. in 1902. Her thesis was on Ben Jonson’s ...

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