Donald Marquis (psychologist)

Donald George Marquis (June 22, 1908 – February 17, 1973) was an American psychologist and a past president of the American Psychological Association (APA). He was best known for his tenure as a department chair and professor at the University of Michigan.

Donald Marquis
BornJune 22, 1908
DiedFebruary 17, 1973(1973-02-17) (aged 64)
Known forPast president, American Psychological Association
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Michigan


Marquis was born in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and he was educated at Stanford University and Yale University. Before he assumed his role at the University of Michigan, Marquis was a professor and department chair at Yale and he worked for the National Research Council.[1]

Marquis co-wrote Theories of Learning with Ernest Hilgard in 1940.[2] He took over as chairman of the psychology department at the University of Michigan in 1945. That year he gave the first congressional testimony from an APA officer; he was serving as secretary and speaking in favor of a piece of neuropsychiatric legislation.[3] Marquis served as APA president in 1948.[4]

The Marquis Award is given to the University of Michigan doctoral student with the best dissertation in psychology.[5]

Selected publications

  • Hilgard, Ernest Ropiequet, and Donald George Marquis. Conditioning and learning. (1940).
  • Gruber, William H., and Donald G. Marquis, eds. Factors in the Transfer of Technology. (1969).
  • Myers, Summwe, and Donald G. Marquis. Successful industrial innovation. Institute of Public Administration, 1969.

Articles, a selection:

  • Marquis, Donald G. "The anatomy of successful innovations." Innovation 1.7 (1969): 28-37.


  1. "Donald G. Marquis". University of Michigan. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. Saxon, Wolfgang (November 3, 1941). "Ernest R. Hilgard, leader in study of hypnosis, dies at 97". The New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. "On September 18". American Psychological Association. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  4. "Former APA Presidents". American Psychological Association. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  5. "Marquis Award and Rackham/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
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