Known for movies

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DiedMarch 15, 1998, La Jolla, California, United States
FactDr. Spock had two sons by his first marriage: Michael, a museum director, and John, the owner of a construction company.

Dr. Benjamin Spock was born in New Haven, Connecticut on May 2, 1903. His father, Benjamin Ives Spock, was a successful lawyer and his mother, Jane E. Spock, was a housewife. He had two older sisters, Jane and Ruth. Spock was an average student in school and did not excel in any particular subject. He was more interested in sports and was a member of the track team. After graduating from high school, he attended Yale University where he studied medicine. He graduated from Yale in 1925 and then did his residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

Spock began his career as a pediatrician in 1929. He was one of the first doctors to treat children with penicillin when it became available in the 1940s. He also developed a new method of feeding babies that was more natural and less likely to cause indigestion. In 1946, he published his first book, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, which became a bestseller. The book was revised several times over the years and is still in print today.

Spock was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and was arrested several times for protesting against the war. In the 1970s, he ran for the office of Lieutenant Governor of California on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. He later became a member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Spock died at his home in San Diego, California on March 15, 1998 at the age of 94. His net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be $20 million.

General Info

Full NameBenjamin Spock
DiedMarch 15, 1998, La Jolla, California, United States
ProfessionPolitician, Pediatrician
EducationYale School of Medicine, Yale University, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Phillips Academy, Columbia University


ChildrenMichael Spock, John Spock
ParentsBenjamin Ives Spock, Mildred Louise Spock
SiblingsMarjorie Spock

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1His 22 year old grandson, Peter, took his own life on December 25, 1983 by jumping from the roof of Boston's Children's Museum. (Peter's father, Michael, was director of the museum, and Peter himself worked there part-time while a student at University of Massachusetts at Boston.)
2The doctor's first marriage ended in divorce after 48 years; his second marriage of 22 years ended with his death in 1998.
3Dr. Spock had two sons by his first marriage: Michael, a museum director, and John, the owner of a construction company.
4While attending Yale, he was a member of the school's rowing team, which competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics and won the gold medal.
5Renowned pediatrician and author of the influential book "Baby and Child Care."



Ben Spock, Baby Doctor1996Video documentaryHimself (as Dr. Benjamin Spock)
Bringing up Baby1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - interviewee
Biography1987TV Series documentaryHimself
In Our Hands1984DocumentaryHimself (as Dr. Benjamin Spock)
Not for Women Only1975TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1963-1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Dr. Spock
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Art Linkletter Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Firing Line1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Issues and Answers1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Reputations1997TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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