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Death of Albert Schweitzer

Posted in Anniversary, Medicine, Music on Wednesday, 25 August 2010

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Dr Albert Schweitzer. Illustration by Alberto Salinas

4 September marks the anniversary of the death of doctor, musician and missionary, Albert Schweitzer in 1965. Born in 1875, Schweitzer was an Alsatian (Franco-German), educated in theology and music, who went on to become an exceptional organist. In 1899 he became a deacon at a church near Strasbourg, returning to university in 1905 to study medicine.

Armed with his doctorate, he set up a medical mission at Lambarene in what is now Gabon. He and his wife treated thousands of patients, returning to Europe in 1917 after over four years exhausting work. He returned in 1923-27, 1929-32 and 1937-48. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.

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