Ted George Goertzel, Ph.D.

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Ted George Goertzel, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. He received his B.A. degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with a major in sociology and anthropology. Both his M.A. degree in sociology and Latin American studies and his Ph.D. degree in sociology were awarded by Washington State University in St. Louis. Prior to teaching at Rutgers, Goertzel taught at the University of Oregon and the University of São Paulo. He has published six books and numerous professional papers primarily concerning social movements, generational conflict, and social class and political attitudes. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is currently doing research on leadership and social change in Latin America.

Ted is the son of Mildred and Victor Goertzel, authors of the classic 1962 first edition of Cradles of Eminence. It was an absorbing study of the childhoods more than 400 eminent men and women, relating their achievement to their family and school experiences. It became a classic in the field of gifted education and continued to be in great demand even after it went out of print. The second edition includes the complete text of the original classic book, together with Ted’s addition of a new sample of men and women who became eminent after the first edition was published. Ted’s article “Cradles of Eminence: Then and Now,” appeared in Parenting for High Potential Magazine.  

Dr. Goertzel has spoken on Cradles of Eminence at many national, state, and local meetings of parents and educators. His talks contain information and details that are both entertaining and of value to those interested in parenting and/or teaching gifted children.


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