The Center for Philosophy of Science was founded by Dr. Grünbaum in 1960. (See our History page for details.) He died on November 15, 2018.
Grünbaum was the first Andrew Mellon Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh from 1960 until his death, and also served as Research Professor of Psychiatry (from 1979), and Primary Research Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (from 2006). His works include Philosophical Problems of Space and Time (1963), The Foundations of Psychoanalysis (1984), and Validation in the Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis (1993).
Adolf Grünbaum’s family left Nazi Germany in 1938 and emigrated to the United States. He received a B.A. with twofold High Distinction in Philosophy and in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut in 1943.
During the second world war, Grünbaum was trained at Camp Ritchie, Maryland, and thus was one of the Ritchie Boys. He was stationed in Berlin and interrogated highly-placed Nazis, returning to the United States in 1946.
Grünbaum obtained both his M.S. in physics (1948) and his Ph.D in philosophy (1951) from Yale University. He was a chaired professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1956–1960), after rising through the ranks there, starting in 1950, becoming a full professor in 1955.
For more information visit http://grunbaum.pitt.edu/