Kayersberg, Alsace, Germany (now France)
January 14, 1875 – September 4, 1965
Albert Schweitzer grew up in a family that was centered around education, religion, and music. It was only natural that he would follow in the footsteps of his elders. Schweitzer earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Strasbourg as well as his diploma in theology.
While studying, he kept his music talent, becoming an world renowned, accomplished organist. Admiring Bach’s work, Schweitzer wrote a biography on the musician in 1905. Much of his education was payed off from his musical career. By the time Schweitzer was 30, he decided to commit his life to mankind and became a missionary in medicine.
Schweitzer moved to Africa studying medicine and after earning his degree raised enough money to open a hospital, which was expanded over the years, in Lambarene, French Equatorial Africa. This hospital aided thousands upon thousands of the area’s residents. Here, he wore many hats, serving as a doctor, surgeon, a pastor, and an authority of a local village. In 1952, Schweitzer received the Nobel Peace Prize, and he used his award of $33,000 for the hospital as well as constructing a leper colony. He was also given the “Order of Merit” from Queen Elizabeth II in 1955.