Leo Kanner

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Leo Kanner

Born June 13, 1894
Klekotów, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Died April 3, 1981
Sykesville, Maryland

Leo Kanner (born June 13, 1894 – died April 3, 1981) was an Austrian-American psychiatrist and physician well known for his work related to autism. In 1943, Kanner published a paper, "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact" describing 11 children who were highly intelligent but displayed "a massive desire for aloneness" and "an obsessive insistence on sameness". Because of this he is referred as the "father of child psychiatry". He is one of the most influential American clinical psychiatrists of the 20th century.