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Stanley Milgram
1933 - 1984

Professor of psychology, Yale University. Milgram may be most remembered for his explorations of people's willingness to accede to authority, determined in experiments in which he told subjects to administer electric shocks of increasing intensity to another person. More than two-thirds of subjects obeyed him by flipping switches which they believed were delivering fatal doses of electricity to the other person. Author of Obedience to Authority (1974), The Individual in a Social World, and other works.


The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far consequence of submission to authority.

1974 - from Obedience to Authority