While giving the William James Lectures at Harvard in 1947, Skinner was asked to become a permanent member of the department. So in 1948, Skinner and his family moved to Cambridge, where he would finish his career at prestigious Harvard University. Before agreeing to come, Skinner had negotiated with Harvard that his presence as faculty member would entail more than teaching. He was given sufficient funds to purchase and maintain a laboratory where he could conduct experiments and actively promote operant science.
In the early 1950s Dr. Harry Solomon, then chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, helped Skinner set up a laboratory for the study of the operant behavior of psychotics at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts. By this time, a number of others had extended operant principles to the management of psychotic patients in hospital wards, and there was increasing interest in its applications to personal therapy.
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