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Quinn McNemar (19001986) was an American psychologist who was Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Statistics, and Education, with a primary base in the Department of Psychology, died on July 3, 1986. He is known for his work on IQ tests, for his book Psychological Statistics (1949) and for McNemar's test, the statistical test he introduced in 1947.[1][2]

Biographical informationEdit

He was born in Greenland, West Virginia on February 20th, 1900, and was 86 at the time of his death in Palo Alto in 1986.[2] He was married to Olga McNemar


He obtained his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1925 from Juniata College and studied for his doctorate in psychology under Lewis Terman at Stanford University gaining his Ph.D. in 1932.


He joined the faculty at Stanford in 1931 and stayed there until retiring as an emeritus professor in 1965, except for a five year period as Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Texas, Austin.

He was President of the Psychometric Society in 1951 and of the American Psychological Association in 1964.[3]


In 1942 he published The Revision of the Stanford-Binet Scale, the IQ test released in 1916 by Terman.

Preceded by:
Charles E. Osgood
Quinn McNemar elected APA President
Succeeded by:
Jerome S. Bruner

See alsoEdit



  • McNemar, Q. (1949) Psychological Statistics New York, J. Wiley.
  • McNemar, Q. (1942) The revision of the Stanford-Binet scale, an analysis of the standardization data. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Paul R. Farnsworth and Quinn McNemar (1956). (eds.)Annual Review of Psychology. Vol. 7. (Stanford, California: Annual Reviews Inc

Book ChaptersEdit



  1. McNemar, Quinn (1947-06-18). Note on the sampling error of the difference between correlated proportions or percentages. Psychometrika 12 (2): 153–157.
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Spring-Summer 1986)Quinn McNemar, reviser of IQ test. Sandstone and Tile 10 (3-4).
  3. (2008) "Quinn McNemar" A Dictionary of Statistics, Oxford University Press.

Further readingEdit

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