Albert Schweitzer

(1875–1965)

Albert Schweitzer

Anecdote...

On a train journey in the American Midwest, Schweitzer was approached by two ladies. “Have we the honor of speaking to Professor Einstein?” they asked. “No, unfortunately not,” replied Schweitzer, “though I can quite understand your mistake, for he has the same kind of hair as I have.” He paused to rumple his hair. “But inside, my head is altogether different. However, he is a very old friend of mine — would you like me to give you his autograph?” Taking a slip of paper from his pocket he wrote: “Albert Einstein, by way of his friend, Albert Schweitzer.”

Quote-worthy...

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

~Albert Schweitzer

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Biographical Note: 

Albert Schweitzer was an Alsatian-born medical missionary, theologian, and musician. Schweitzer studied theology and was principal of the theological faculty at Strasbourg before he abandoned his brilliant academic career to train as a medical missionary. He had also gained an international reputation as an interpreter and student of Bach’s organ music. From 1913 he worked at the jungle hospital at Lambaréné in Gabon, Africa, which he established and for many years supported with the proceeds from his books, organ recitals, and lectures given on visits to Europe. In 1952 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in Africa.

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Read a wonderful online biography of Albert Schweitzer by Ann Cottrell Free with photographs by Erica Anderson and others.