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Biographical entry Popper, Karl (1902 - 1994)


28 July 1902
Vienna, Austria
17 September 1994


(Sir) Karl Popper was Professor of logic and scientific method at the London School of Economics from 1949 to 1969. Before that he lectured at Canterbury University College in New Zealand (1937-1944) Popper left school at 16 and spent time doing manual work, before enrolling at the University of Vienna. Some of his other jobs were coaching American students, cabinet-making 1922-1924, and social work with neglected children. In 1925 Popper enrolled at the Pedagogic Institute and became a school teacher. Popper wrote many works including his Logic der Forschung (The Logic of Scientific Discovery) which made his reputation as a philosopher and "The Open Society and its Enemies".



1922 - 1924
Education - Learnt cabinet-making
1935 - 1936
Life event - Spent time in England
1937 - 1944
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Canterbury University College, New Zealand
1945 - 1949
Career position - Reader at the London School of Economics
1949 - 1969
Career position - Professor of Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics
Award - Knighted
Award - Companion of Honour (CH)

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Penny, David, 'John Eccles and Karl Popper at the University of Otago, 1945', New Zealand Science Review, vol. 69, 2012, pp. 15-26. Details

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