Nebraska Authors

Don Clifton

AKA: Donald O. Clifton

Born 1924-02-24 Butte, NE (USA)

Died 2003-09-14
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Fairview Cemetery

A Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska 1950-1969, Clifton was a founder of Selection Research, Inc. (SRI), which eventually acquired Gallup. Clifton developed the eponymous Clifton Strengths Finder, Gallup’s online psychological assessment. The Clifton Foundation donated $30 million to the University of Nebraska to establish the Don Clifton Strengths Institute.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Management; Psychology; Positive Thinking




Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Founder, Selection Research Inc.
CEO, Gallup, Inc.
Chief Designer of the StrengthsFinder Profile

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Selection Research Inc., Lincoln, NE
Gallup, Inc., Lincoln, NE
Gallup International Research and Education Center


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 80 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans
Distinguished Flying Cross
In 2002, the American Psychological Association presented Clifton with its Presidential Commendation for lifetime contributions as “the father of strengths-based psychology and the grandfather of positive psychology.”


Father of Jim Clifton


Soar With Your Strengths. with Paula Nelson, 1992.
Now, Discover Your Strengths. with Marcus Buckingham, 2001.
How Full is Your Bucket? : Positive Strategies for Work and Life. with Tom Rath, 2004.

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