Edmund Fantino (born in 1939 - 2015) was raised in Queens, New York before continuing on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Cornell University in 1961, and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University in 1964. His doctoral adviser was Dick Herrnstein.
Since 1967, Fantino has been a professor at University of California, San Diego and is now a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the Neurosciences Group. Some of his honors include being the former president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, former editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and several distinguished teaching awards from UCSD.
He has published numerous articles spanning many topics including the quantitative analysis of behavior, learning and motivation, self-control, choice behavior, among others. He is perhaps most noticeably known for his Delay Reduction Theory that he first published in JEAB in 1969.