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August 2, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(5):259-260. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480310027005

In an interesting article with the above caption, Prof. E. G. Dexter1 has presented a study of how the men and women, who in the opening year of the twentieth century are prominently in the public eye, achieved the success in their various vocations which has placed them there. As a basis for this study he has made use of "Who's Who in America" for 1900? This volume contains the names of 8,602 persons, each of whom has attained a degree of eminence before the public.

It was found that the probability of achieving eminence was increased more than 5.6 times by a college education, but Dexter does not attribute this advantage entirely to the direct educational effect of such a training, but, to a considerable extent, to the selective influence of the course.

As to the age at which eminence may be reached, he finds that in those