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Thomas Blass is an American social psychologist, Holocaust survivor,[1] and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[2] He is known for his work regarding Stanley Milgram and the Milgram experiment.

Thomas Blass
Alma materYeshiva University
Known forWork regarding Stanley Milgram and the Milgram experiment
ChildrenAlexander Blass[1]
Scientific career
FieldsSocial psychology
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
ThesisPersonality and situational factors in tolerance for imbalance (1969)


Early life and educationEdit

Blass was born in Budapest, Hungary, during World War II. In 1944, when he was a child, Nazis invaded Hungary and murdered over 550,000 of Blass's fellow Jews there. After the war ended, he left Hungary with his mother, originally settling at a displaced persons camp in Salzburg, Austria. They remained there for a number of years before moving to Toronto, Canada, where Blass spent part of his childhood. He went on to receive his B.A. in mathematics from Yeshiva University, where he received his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1969.[3]


After graduating from college, Blass worked at the University of Maryland Psychiatric Institute, Sheppard-Pratt Hospital, and Downstate Medical Center.[3] He spent most of his career at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[3]


Blass is the author of the 2004 book The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram, the first biography of Milgram ever published.[4] He has also written numerous journal articles about Milgram and his experiment.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b Burris, Joe (9 May 2007). "Safety 'net". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Emeritus Faculty - Department of Psychology - UMBC". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  3. ^ a b c "Thomas Blass". Social Psychology Network. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  4. ^ Levine, Robert (July–August 2004). "Milgram's Progress". American Scientist. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  5. ^ Pidd, Helen (7 November 2005). "'He took paragraphs from my work, word for word' - psychiatrist faces plagiarism charge". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ Blass, Thomas (May 1999). "The Milgram Paradigm After 35 Years: Some Things We Now Know About Obedience to Authority1". Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 29 (5): 955–978. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.1999.tb00134.x.
  7. ^ Blass, Thomas (1991). "Understanding behavior in the Milgram obedience experiment: The role of personality, situations, and their interactions". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 60 (3): 398–413. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.60.3.398.