Sheldon Solomon

Sheldon Solomon is an American social psychologist at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. He earned his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas. He is best known for developing terror management theory, along with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski, which is concerned with how humans deal with their own sense of mortality.[1][2] The three co-authored the book The Worm at the Core: On the role of Death in Life in 2015.[3][4]

Sheldon Solomon
Alma materFranklin and Marshall College B.A.
University of Kansas Ph.D.
Known forTerror management theory
Scientific career
FieldsSocial psychology
Evolutionary psychology
InstitutionsSkidmore College

Solomon is the Ross Professor for Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore. He is the author or co-author of over one hundred articles and several books, and he has been featured in several films, including Flight from Death and Planet of the Humans. In the latter, he links the pursuit of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, to the reluctance of humans to face their own mortality.[5]

Solomon is also the co-founder of Esperanto, a restaurant in Saratoga Springs, and inventor of the "doughboy"—dough filled with cheese, chicken, and spices.[6]


  1. ^ Solomon, Sheldon; Greenberg, Jeff; Pyszczynski, Tom (2004). Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology. The Guilford Press. ISBN 1-59385-040-9. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Vedantam, Shankar (December 24, 2007). "Reminders of Mortality Bring Out the Charitable Side". Washington Post. p. A03. Retrieved January 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Solomon, Sheldon; Greenberg, Jeff; Pyszczynski, Tom (2015). The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Penguin UK. ISBN 9780141981635. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  4. ^ "Where does the soul go? New course explores spiritual existence". West Hartford News. October 14, 2015. Professor Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College who co-authored the book The Worm at the Core: On the role of Death in Life commented about the JLI course: "This course strikes me as a very fine juxtaposition of ancient theological wisdom with contemporary empirical science. My sense is that this will be an interesting and rewarding educational and personal experience."
  5. ^ "Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs". YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "City eatery's visitors can't get enough of doughboys – the Daily Gazette".

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