Lewis Terman was the father of the standardized-testing industry.
He created the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale. And he launched the Genetic Studies of Genius program to track children who scored well on the test.
He hoped that an impressive score would presage great accomplishments. But none of his prodigies won major science prizes or became important artists.
Two of his group, however, did achieve fame. Ancel Keys perfected the K-Ration and Jess Oppenheimer created "I Love Lucy".
And two students who were excluded from the study because their scores were too low, won the Nobel Prize (William Shockley and Luis Alvarez).
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