Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Posted by: Gina Green
On Saturday we lost one of the true giants of behavior analysis when Dr. Murray Sidman passed away peacefully at the age of 96. The value of his many contributions to our discipline cannot be calculated. They include the first textbook to fully describe behavior analytic research methods (Tactics of Scientific Research, 1960), pioneering research on avoidance behavior and stimulus control, and groundbreaking conceptual and experimental analyses of equivalence relations, among others. Dr. Sidman's experiments were elegant, and he had a talent for explaining complex notions and procedures with exquisite precision and clarity. He was a model and mentor to many behavior analysts around the world, generous with his time and knowledge, dedicated to making the world a better place through science, a lover of opera and his home town Boston and art and ice cream and of course, his late wife Rita, his three very accomplished children, and his grandchildren. If you're not already familiar with the scope of his work and its impact on practice -- or even if you are -- watch this video of his presentation on "The Scientist-Practitioner in Behavior Analysis," attending carefully to the great introduction by Dr. Bill Dube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6YxnRsU4Bs
Then read all of his writings you can get your hands on. Rest in peace, dear Murray.