Bertrand Russell May 18, 1875-Feb 2, 1970

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  • Birth

    He was born in Trellek May 18, 1872. Bertrand's parents were Viscount Amberly and Katherine daughter of second baron Stanley of Alderley.
  • 1878 Orphan

    By this age Bertrand was deemed an orphan and a ward of the court. Loosing his parents, sister and grandfather. He was left to be raised by his grandmother. She had him taught by governess' and tutors.
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    Resident at Trinity College Cambridge

    Bertrand became a resident at Trinity College obtained first class distinction in philosophy and was elected a fellow of his colleges. Yet before this happened he had already left the college to be an attaché at the British Embassy in Paris. During this time is also when he began his thesis, "An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry." At he end of this period is also when he married his first wife Miss Alys Pearsall-Smith.
  • London School of Economics

    During this time Bertrand was a lecturer of German social democracy. This would also be the time he began his studies in areas such as the foundations of mathematics.
  • An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry

    An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry
    After much study of the foundations of mathematics Bertrand published, "An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry". Which he himself later on rejected because is did not support Einstein's work in physics.
  • The Principles of Mathematics

    The Principles of Mathematics
    Bertrand wrote his first book, "The Principles of Mathematics". With this book Bertrand and his former schoolmate from Trinity College continued to expand the mathematical logic that they had been been studying that of Peano and Frege.
  • Lecturer at the University of Cambridge

    Lecturer at the University of Cambridge
    While he was there he published ‘Principia Mathematica’. Helping him along with his other work on the matter made him famous world wide.
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    Bertrand was released from Trinity College due to him joining a group who was against the war and was then also convicted of the Defence of the Realm Act 1914. He also refused to pay his fine of 100 Euros in order to be put in jail. Yet the money was raised buy the selling of his books and he was let free. Later in 1918 he was then jailed for 6 months when he spoke out about the UK joining USA in the war. While he was incarcerated he wrote ‘Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy".
  • Russia

    Took a trip to Russia as a official delegation sent by the British government. While Bertrand was in Russia he was very taken back by the way things were in Russia.
  • Second Wife

    He married his second wife Dora Black. Together the opened and ran a school called the Beacon Hill School. They did this till their divorce. Together they had 2 children John Conrad Russell, 4th Earl Russell and Katharine Jane Russell.
  • 3rd Earl Russell

    His only living relative his brother Francis the 2nd Earl Russell passes away and he becomes the 3rd Earl Russell
  • De Morgan Medal of the London Mathematical Society

  • Sylvester Medal of the Royal Society

  • Wife number 3

    Patricia Helen Spence she was also the children's' governess. Together they had one son Conrad Sebastian Robert Russell, 5th Earl Russell. They later separated and also divorced in 1952.
  • Nobel Prize

    Bertrand Russell received his Nobel Prize in Literature “in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought".
  • The Last Marriage

    His final marriage was to Edith Finch. They did not have any children but they were happily married till his death.
  • Kalinga Prize

  • Interview with Bertrand Russell
    While watching this video I was so intrigued with what Bertrand had to say his views are just so strong. How he is so open to wanting everyone to open their minds and to think their own ways. Not just to go with the crowd. This video is old yet so relevant to todays world more then ever. Quotes such as, "Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear."
  • Jerusalem Prize

  • Death

    Bertrand died in his home in Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales he passed due to influenza and then cremated. His ashes were spread over the Welsh mountains. Bertrand was on of the many great philosophers the world has known if not the greatest. While searching his work and hearing him in interviews. I can see why that is. His views on life and humanity and his strong will towards how he feels and thinks and how he thinks we all should feel that way.