Ruth Noller

Ruth Noller

Ruth B. Noller (October 6, 1922 – June 3, 2008) from Sarasota, formerly of Buffalo , is known for her work as a scholar in creative studies. Dr. Noller was a Navy veteran of World War II, mathematician, and Distinguished Service Emeritus Professor at State University of New York. [1] Her articles and publications include “Mentoring: A Voiced Scarf, Scratching the Surface of Creative Problem Solving” and with Sid Parnes , “The Creative Action Guide and Creative Action Book.” [2]

Mathematical formula for creativity

Noller applied as a trainer of mathematics to develop a formula describing the factors that produce creative behavior. In her formula, represented as C = ƒa (KIE), she said that creativity is generated by the interaction between Knowledge (K), Imagination (I), and Evaluation (E). Furthermore, she suggests that a crucial catalyst in this formula is the individuals attitude (A). [3]

In 2015, the Creative Education Foundation announced the Ruth B. Noller Research Grant for Emerging Research in the Field of Creativity. [4]


  1. Jump up^ Noller, Ruth B. (1972). “Applied Creativity: The Creative Studies Project”. The Journal of Creative Behavior . 6 : 275-294. doi : 10.1002 / j.2162-6057.1972.tb00939.x .
  2. Jump up^ Creativity Formula
  3. Jump up^ Creativity Formula
  4. Jump up^ Creative Education Foundation: Noller Research Grant