Herbert C. Kelman

HERBERT C. KELMAN (March 18, 1927 – March 1, 2022) was the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University and was (from 1993 to 2003) Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Yale University in 1951.

Kelman was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Antonia/Lea and Leo Kelman. His family fled the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism, heading first to Belgium and then, in 1940, to the United States. Kelman married Rose Brousman in August, 1953. He was educated at Brooklyn College, where he majored in English and Psychology, and the Seminary College of Jewish Studies. He went on to receive his Master’s degree and doctorate in social psychology at Yale University in 1951.

For many years he was engaged in the development of Interactive Problem Solving, an unofficial third-party approach to the resolution of international and inter-communal conflicts, and in its application to the Arab-Israeli conflict, with special emphasis on its Israeli-Palestinian component.

He was the recipient of many awards, including the Socio-Psychological Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1956), the Kurt Lewin Memorial award (1973), the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (1981), the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order (1997), and the Austrian Medal of Honor for Science and Art First Class (1998) as well as the Award of the Order of Merit for services rendered to the City of Vienna (2012).

In September 2015, Peter Mlzcoch conducted an interview with him about his flight from Vienna.

Here the link to his Website.