Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer ( 1875 - 1965)

German

   

Albert Schweitzer, OM (14 January 1875 - 4 September 1965) was a French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician. He was born in the province of Alsace-Lorraine and although that region had been annexed by the German Empire four years earlier, and remained a German possession until 1918, he considered himself French and wrote mostly in French. His mother-tongue was Alsatian German.

He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life", expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa (then French Equatorial Africa). As a music scholar and organist, he studied the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and influenced theOrgan reform movement (Orgelbewegung).

Albert's Major works:   

  • Decay and restore civilization / civilization and morality
  •   Indian thought and its development  
  •  Peace or Atomic War
  •  Get out of my life and thought: Resume march.
  •  The quest for the historical Jesus

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