Clark University

The Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, is a private university that was founded in 1887 by the industrialist Jonas Clark. It is one of three founding universities of the New England Association of American Universities ( Yale, Harvard ). However, the university withdrew from this alliance in 1999 in order to specialize in undergraduate education. She was known by the invitation of its founding president, the experimental psychologist Granville Stanley Hall (1844-1924) Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) in December 1908. Met here in 1909 on the occasion of the award of an honorary doctorate to Freud and Carl Gustav Jung and William Stern together.

The star and as Ernst Cassirer 1933 Hamburg emigrated Heinz Werner took over in 1946, the Stanley Hall professorship.

On the visit of Freud 1908/1909, a monument to the work of Stanley Hall and Heinz Werner two memory spaces.


The first president of Clark University was Granville Stanley Hall, founder of the American Psychological Association. Based on this tradition, was and is the Clark University especially known for their psychological faculty. 1909 Sigmund Freud gave his only series of lectures in the United States at Clark, which is still regarded as the starting point for psychoanalytic research in the U.S., and received from the Clark the single all his life conferred honorary doctorate. To date, a statue was erected in front of the main entrance of Freud's visit. Franz Boas, founder of American Kulturantrophologie was a professor at Clark University from 1888 to 1892 Albert Abraham Michelson, the first American to win a Nobel Prize in physics, was Clark Professor from 1889 to 1892. During the 1920s Robert Goddard, was one the founder of modern rocket technology and space travel, Dean of the Department of Physics. The library of Clark University, designed by John M. Johansen, is named after him.

Research centers at Clark

At Clark University, there are eight research centers.

  • The William and Jane Mosakowski Institute is concerned with the optimization of political processes. The center focuses mainly on education, the environment, health and globalization.
  • The George Perkins Marsh Institute focuses its research on the interdisciplinary approach of the human-environment problem.
  • The Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is an interdisciplinary center consisting of professors from the areas of history, psychology, sociology and literature. It deals with the causes of the Holocaust and genocide.
  • The Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education explores possible transformations of American education.
  • The Center for Risk and Security ( CRS) at the George Perkins Marsh Institute deals with nationaneln security issues.
  • The Center for Technology, Environment and Development ( CENTED ), explores environmental disasters and their consequences.
  • The Center for Community-Based Development ( CCBD ) has its main focus in development aid.
  • Clark Labs for Cartographic Technologies and Geographic Analysis developed computer software which helps to record environmental changes and to understand.