Biography of Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Biography of Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Lillian Moller Gilbreth – American psychologist, industrial engineer, consultant, and educator.

Name: Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth

Date of Birth: May 24, 1878

Place of Birth: Oakland, California, United States

Date of Death: January 2, 1972 (aged 93)

Place of Death: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Occupation: Engineer, Psychologists, Educator

Father: William Moller

Mother: Annie (Delger)

Spouse/Ex: Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (m. 1904-1924)

Children: 13

Early Life

An American psychologist and engineer, whose works were developed mainly in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčIndustrial Engineering, Lillian Moller Gilbreth was born on 24th May 1878 in Oakland, California, the U.S. to Annie (Delger) and William Moller, a builder’s supply merchant. With her husband, Frank Bunker Gilbreth, they developed methods to increase the efficiency of industrial employees, most notably time-and-motion study. She was described in the 1940s as “a genius in the art of living.” Gilbreth, one of the first female engineers to earn a Ph.D., is considered to be the first industrial/organizational psychologist.

Considered to be the mother of modern management, Moller along with her husband Frank pioneered several industrial management study techniques and made major contributions to fields such as motion study and human factors. As the parents of 13 children, the couple applied their scientific