Rensis Likert was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His PhD in 1932 dealt with the measurement of attitudes, from which the well-known ordinal scales bearing his name, the Likert scale(s), come.
Dr. Likert was the President of the American Statistical Assoc. in 1959. Along with Leslie Kish (See "Today's Birthday [July 27th]") and others, he helped found the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. (Dr. Kish had written an obituary on Likert, "In Memoriam: Rensis Likert, 1903-1981", which appeared in The American Statistician in 1982 (Vol. 36, No. 2, P124-125) and was reprinted in the September 2010 issue of the Amstat News.)
PS: A quotation from Likert, one perhaps relevant to the APStat Forum: "The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals."
PPS[Comment]: One Likert-like scale that has(had?) been around for generations in education and elsewhere is the 1-2-3-4 scale for poor-fair-good-excellent. Knowing this, it was disconcerting to see a well-known newspaper that had used such 1-2-3-4 stars for its movie reviews recently change such to 1-2-3-4-5 stars for "skip it-take your chances-good-great-excellent". Hmmm. Is "great" really below "excellent", or is it in the spirit of it similar to being told to "Have a great day"? (As for this silly particular 1-2-3-4-5 Likert-like scale, I'll simply skip it...) [Of course a good 1-2-3-4-5 scale frequently used is for "strongly approve - approve - undecided - disapprove - strongly disapprove".]