William H. Masters

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William Howell Masters
Born(1915-12-27)December 27, 1915
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedFebruary 16, 2001(2001-02-16) (aged 85)
Tucson, Arizona
Cause of deathParkinson's disease
EducationLawrenceville School
Hamilton College
SpouseGeraldine Baker Oliver (1993-2001) (his death), Virginia E. Johnson (1971-1992), First Wife (div. 1971)
 
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William Masters should not be confused with Robert E. L. Masters, who also researched and wrote on the subject of sexology.
William Masters was also the birth name of musician Gordon Stretton.
William Howell Masters
Born(1915-12-27)December 27, 1915
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedFebruary 16, 2001(2001-02-16) (aged 85)
Tucson, Arizona
Cause of deathParkinson's disease
EducationLawrenceville School
Hamilton College
SpouseGeraldine Baker Oliver (1993-2001) (his death), Virginia E. Johnson (1971-1992), First Wife (div. 1971)

William Howell Masters (December 27, 1915 – February 16, 2001) was an American gynecologist, best known as the senior member of the Masters and Johnson sexuality research team. Along with Virginia Eshelman Johnson, he pioneered research into the nature of human sexual response and the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions from 1957 until the 1990s.

Biography

Masters was born in Cleveland, Ohio, attended the Lawrenceville School and graduated from Hamilton College. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, and became a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis. Masters met Johnson in 1957 when he hired her as a research assistant to undertake a comprehensive study of human sexuality. Masters divorced his first wife to marry Johnson in 1971. They divorced two decades later, largely bringing their joint research and business partnership to an end. Masters died in Tucson, Arizona on February 16, 2001.[1]

References

  1. ^ Severo, Richard (February 19, 2001). "William H. Masters, a Pioneer in Studying and Demystifying Sex, Dies at 85". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F07E2DB1E30F93AA25751C0A9679C8B63. Retrieved 2008-07-24. "Dr. William H. Masters, who with his co-researcher, Virginia E. Johnson, revolutionized the way sex is studied, taught and enjoyed in America, died Friday at a hospice in Tucson. He was 85 and had lived in retirement since 1994, first in St. Louis and then in Tucson. He suffered complications from Parkinson's disease, said his wife, Geraldine Baker Oliver Masters."