Alfred Binet

Alfred Binet was a French psychologist who invented the first intelligence test, better known today as the IQ test.

Early life

Alfred Binet was born on July 11, 1857 as Alfredo Binetti in Nice, which was then part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. He father was a physician, and his mother was an artist. When Binet was young his parents divorced, and he moved to Paris with his mother when he was fifteen.


Binet attended a famous law school in Paris. After receiving his license to practice law in 1878, he followed the footsteps of his father and decided to study medicine. Binet began his studies at Sorbonne, but so