Alfred North Whitehead, 1861 - 1947

portrait of Alfred North Whitehead
Harvard University photo, circa 1924

Born: 15 February 1861, Ramsgate, Kent, England
Died: 30 December 1947, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Though young Alfred was a normally healthy child, his parents took it in mind that he was frail and kept him out of school until he was fourteen. In 1879 he won a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied mathematics and stayed on as a lecturer after graduation. After his marriage in 1891 he started to question his Anglican upbringing, spending seven years carefully considering joining the Roman Catholic Church - and finally deciding he was an agnostic. For a decade he was a professor of mathematics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology at London, then suddenly switched fields and countries to become a professor of philosophy at Harvard.

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