Karl Popper 28 July 1902 - 17 September 1994

By dude843
  • Birth

    Karl Popper was born on July 28th 1902, in Vienna. His father was a lawyer with a big intrest in classics and in philosophy. This could have been a big factor in his motivation at a early age.
  • Base of ideas

    Popper developed his own ideas at a young age. He built hostility towards historicism and ideas towards progressive music. In 1918 he began attendance at the university of Vienna. He became extremely involved in left wing politics and marxism, although shortly after due to the development of his own ideas, he abandoned those ideals completely. He was greatly influenced off the psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Adler which were the baseline of his construction.
  • Career

    Karl Popper had trouble finding his calling in life. He held several different jobs. He trained as a cabinetmaker while getting a teaching degree to teach math in a secondary school.
  • Zur Methodenfrage der Denkpsychologie

    Karl Popper partakes in a doctoral programme in the department of psychology under Karl Bühler in the university of Vienna. Popper’s initial research began with psychological investigation of human memory. This was adapted into his research of cognitive psychology and his writings of “Zur Methodenfrage der Denkpsychologie” (Karl Popper, 1928).
  • Married to Josefine Anna Henninger

    Karl married Josefine Anna Henninger they never had children and when asked about it Karl said “was perhaps a cowardly but in a way a right decision” (Karl Popper, The lost interview, 1998) This is said to be mainly due to the conditions of life during the war early in Karl Poppers marriage.
  • The open society and its enemies

    In 1938 Popper resumed his writings, publishing “The open society and its enemies” (Karl Popper, 1942) in 1942. Which defends open society, democracy, while also raising arguments against Plato's philosophy
  • The logic of scientific discovery

    Karl moved to London where he became a professor of logic and scientific method. Here is where his name became renowned as he continued his works with “ The logic of scientific discovery” (Karl Popper, 1959) This focused on his view of the importance of scientists actively testing their theories with the purpose to try and falsify their own truths.
  • Knighted

    Karl Popper was knighted in 1965 by Queen Elizabeth ll. This was considered one of his greatest honors in his lifetime.
  • Retired

    Karl retired from the University of London in 1969. He continued writings and intellectual lectures when invited to his final days
  • Death

    In his old age Karl was the subject of many illnesses. He died of cancer, pneumonia, and kidney failure. He was very active up to two weeks before his death. His illness greatly increased and quickly took his life. He was cremated and his ashes taken to Lainzer cemetery in Vienna to be buried next to his wife.