Benjamin Spock

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Birthday
2, 1903
Birthplace
New Haven, CT
Death Date
Mar 15, 1998 (94)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
2, 1903
Birthplace
New Haven, CT
Death Date
Mar 15, 1998 (94)

About

An American pediatrician, he wrote the bestselling book, Baby and Child Care (1946), which helped raise a generation of Baby Boomers. His later works include Dr. Spock Talks With Mothers (1961) and A Teenager's Guide to Life and Love (1970).

Before Fame

He studied history and literature at Yale and was part of the Olympic rowing team, winning the gold medal in the 1924 games in Paris. He later graduated from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Trivia

His writings encouraged parents to treat their children as individuals.

Family Life

He was the oldest of six children born to a Connecticut family of Dutch descent. He married Jane Cheney during medical school; together, the couple had two sons, Michael and John.

Associated With

He ran against President Richard Nixon in 1972 as a member of the People's Party.