Sigmund Freud, 1856 - 1939

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Born: 6 May 1856, Freiberg, Moravia, Austria
Died: 23 September 1939, London, England

Sigi's mother was twenty years younger than his father, younger than his step-brother, and Sigmund was an uncle on the day he was born. After the recession of 1865 the family moved to Leipzig, then Vienna, where Freud graduated from gymnasium with honors and went on to Universität Wien. He spent four weeks dissecting eels attempting to locate the testicles, after publishing his failure he switched to "psychodynamics" and searched for hidden sexual urges in humans. For all the cracks that have been made about his apparent obsession with mothers and sex, at least some of what he had to say makes sense.

Biography from Wikipedia and Dr. C. George Boeree, Shippensburg University

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