A Half Dozen Questions about Lillian Gilbreth

#1. This book, which described life in the Gilbreth family after the death of Frank Gilbreth, Sr., was made into a motion picture in 1952.

The first book about the Gilbreth family, Cheaper by the Dozen, was made into a movie in 1950. Its sequel, Belles on their Toes, was adapted for the silver screen two years later.

#2. Gilbreth was lifelong friends with this U.S. President and his wife.

Gilbreth met Herbert Hoover, a fellow engineer, during her time in California. This connection lead to her appointment to various government and charitable positions.

#3. Lillian and her husband, Frank, were the first to use this technique in time-motion studies.

The Gilbreths’ work formed the basis of what we now call ergonomics.

#4. Why was Gilbreth denied a PhD at the University of California?

Gilbreth’s dissertation was later published as a book, but she was denier her degree to to failing to meet a residency requirement. She later earner her PhD at Brown University.

#5. Lillian’s children once described her kitchen as this.

Gilbreth channeled her distate for housework into scientific studies to simplify work for homemakers.

#6. Gilbreth is the inventor of which common kitchen appliance?

In addition to inventing the foot-pedal garbage can, she also filed patents to improve the electric can opener and conducted countless studies to improve the ergonomics of the modern kitchen for General Electric.


One Comment

  1. Debby Gebhardt

    I knew a lot about Lillian Gilbreth having done a presentation showing Lillian and Frank’s vast contributions, not only to I/O but their impact on a variety of academic fields. Now I have a few other little known facts.

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