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Donald O. Clifton (February 5, 1924, in Butte, Nebraska[1] – September 14, 2003)[2] was an American psychologist and is known as "the Father of Strengths Psychology and the Grandfather of Positive Psychology" according to the American Psychological Association.[2][citation needed] He developed the eponymous Clifton StrengthsFinder, Gallup’s online psychological assessment. Clifton was professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1950 to 1969[2] when he founded Selection Research, Inc. (SRI) that grew to the point where in 1988 it acquired the Gallup Organization and took on the older company’s name.[3] Clifton was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Clifton Strengths School". strengths.org. http://www.strengths.org/clifton.shtml. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Dr Donald O. Clifton". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9269140. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  3. Buckingham, Marcus (2012). "Strengths Campus History". Strengths Campus. http://strengthscampus.com/page/history-1. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 

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