The Birkman Method was developed in the late 1940s while Roger W. Birkman, a former WWII pilot, was working with a group of scientists at the University of Texas. Birkman conceptualized, developed, and refined the Method as part of his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Texas. He believed could create an instrument that would aggregate a number of measures into a single tool, believing it would benefit both organizations and individuals.