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Gustav Fechner
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Gustav Theodor Fechner

(1801-04-19)19 April 1801
Groß Särchen (near Muskau), Saxony, Holy Roman Empire
Died 18 November 1887(1887-11-18) (aged 86)
Nationality German
Alma mater Medizinische Akademie Carl Gustav Carus [de]
Leipzig University (PhD, 1835)
Scientific career
Fields Psychology
Thesis De variis intensitatem vis Galvanicae metiendi methodis (1835)
Notable students Hermann Rudolf Lotze
Friedrich Paulsen
Influenced Gerardus Heymans
Wilhelm Wundt
William James
Alfred North Whitehead
Charles Hartshorne
Ernst Weber
Sigmund Freud

Gustav Theodor Fechner; (19 April 1801 – 18 November 1887) was a German philosopher, physicist and experimental psychologist. An early pioneer in experimental psychology and founder of psychophysics, he inspired many 20th-century scientists and philosophers. He is also credited with demonstrating the non-linear relationship between psychological sensation and the physical intensity of a stimulus via the formula: S = K \ln I, which became known as the Weber–Fechner law.

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