Benjamen Spock

Benjamen Spock

American pediatrician, author of books on child care, his 'Reasonable Book about a Child'
Date of Birth: 02.05.1903
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Benjamin Spock
  2. Education and Career
  3. Activism and Influence
  4. Legacy

Biography of Benjamin Spock

Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician, author of books on child care, and a prominent figure in the field of child development. He was born on May 2, 1903, in New Haven, USA.

Education and Career

In 1925, Spock graduated from Yale University, where he earned his doctoral degree in 1929. He served in the reserve forces from 1944 to 1946. From 1951 to 1955, he led the child psychiatry division at the University of Pittsburgh.

Activism and Influence

In 1962, Benjamin Spock became an active participant in the peace movement. He led the March on Washington against the Vietnam War in 1967, resulting in a two-year prison sentence. In an exceptionally propagandist move, Spock ran for President of the United States in 1972.

Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis from the perspective of understanding children's needs in family relationships. His innovative thoughts on child-rearing encouraged many parents to be more nurturing and flexible with their children, recognizing them as individuals. His book, "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care," published in 1946, became the best-selling book of the 20th century and continues to influence parents worldwide with its core principle: "You know more than you think you do about your child."


Benjamin Spock's illustrious career as a pediatrician was cut short when he passed away at the age of 94 on March 15, 1998. He was arguably the most well-known and celebrated child doctor and educator, leaving behind a lasting impact on the field of pediatrics and parenting.