Russell, Bertrand Arthur William

Russell (1872-1970; 3rd Earl, succeeded brother 1931) was educated at home until he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read mathematics and moral sciences. He was elected a fellow of Trinity in 1895, he lectured at the London School of Economics in 1896 and in Cambridge in 1899, where he started writing The Principles of Mathematics (1903). He was appointed a lecturer in philosophy at Trinity in 1910 (he was then completing Principia Mathematica with A. N. Whitehead ), but was removed for his pacifist ideas and propaganda in 1916; he was reinstated in 1919, and resigned in 1921. He earned his living by writing and journalism, and returned to academic life in 1938, as a visiting professor at Chicago, then at the University of California at Los Angeles, City College in New York, Harvard and other institutions, until he was invited to rejoin Trinity College, which he did in 1944. The dropping of the atomic bombs commanded the preoccupations and energies of the remaining part of his life. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950.

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