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Frank Jones Sulloway (born February 2, 1947) is an American psychologist. He is a visiting scholar at the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley[1] and a visiting professor in the Department of Psychology.[2] After finishing secondary school at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island,[3] Sulloway studied at Harvard College and later earned a PhD in the history of science at Harvard.[4] He was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[citation needed]

He is best known for his claim that birth order exerts large effects on personality, and the subsequent debates about this issue.

His grandfather was the tennis player and attorney Frank Sulloway (1883–1981).[5]




  • Freud, Biologist of the Mind: Beyond the Psychoanalytic Legend. New York: Basic Books. 1983 [1979]. ISBN 0-233-97177-7.
  • Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives. Pantheon. 1996. ISBN 0679442324.


  1. ^ "IPSR Directory: Faculty". Institute of Personality and Social Research. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  2. ^ "Details for: Frank J Sulloway". UC Regents. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
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  4. ^ "Born Rebels". The Paula Gordon Show. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  5. ^ "Guide to the Alvah Sulloway Papers, 1836-2006" (PDF). New Hampshire Historical Society.
  6. ^ "Frank Sulloway - MacArthur Foundation". Retrieved 2018-08-12.

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