Wetheimer studied law at the University of Prague before becoming interested in psychology and physiology. He completed his PhD in psychology in 1905. In 1910, Wertheimer began conducting experiments with Koffka and Kohler to test Gestalt theories. He served as professor of psychology at the University of Frankfurt from 1929-1933 then joined the faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City. In 1943 he finished his work on "productive thinking" and died that same year. He is best known for his ideas about problem solving (Cooper, 2009).