The Medical Mission
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
1875 - 1965

Albert SchweitzerBackground:

Albert Schweitzer was born in Kaysersberg, a town near Strasbourg in Alsace, Germany (now part of France). Schweitzer has been called the greatest Christian of his time. He based his personal philosophy on a "reverence for life" and on a deep commitment to serve humanity through thought and action.

By the time he was 21 Schweitzer had decided on the course for his life. For nine years he would dedicate himself to the study science, music, and theology. Then he would devote the rest of his life to serving humanity directly. Before he was 30 he was a respected writer on theology an accomplished organist, and an authority on the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Education:

Dr. Schweitzer studied medicine from 1905 to 1915 at the University of Strasbourg, Germany .

In 1904 Schweitzer was inspired to become a medical missionary after reading an evangelical paper regarding the needs of medical missions. He also raised money to establish a hospital in French Equatorial Africa. He founded a hospital there in MS. Over the years built a large hospital that served thousands of Africans. Schweitzer used his $35,000 Nobel Prize to expand the hospital and to build a leper colony.

Awards:

  • Nobel Prize Winner for humanitarian efforts - 1952
  • "Order of Merit," Britain’s highest civilian honor, awarded by Queen Elizabeth

The Albert Schweitzer Institute, Quinnipiac University - Hamden, Connecticut

The Albert Schweitzer Institute was founded in 1984 as the Albert Schweitzer Memorial foundation and affiliated with Quinnipiac University in 2002. This affiliation has allowed the institute to sponsor several programs that not only carry on but invigorate Schweitzer’s humanitarian legacy.

Quinnipiac University’s commitment to international understanding and community service enables the institute to fulfill its vital mission of encouraging young adults to expand their horizons to a global perspective in the areas of humanitarian values, health care, and peace.

Publications:

  • The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle
  • The Spiritual Life: Selected Writings of Albert Schweitzer
  • Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography
  • Brothers in Spirit: The Correspondence of Albert Schweitzer and William Larimer Mellon, Jr - Authors: Albert Schweitzer, William Larimer Mellon, Jeannette Q. Byers (Translator)
  • The Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Critical Study of Its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede - Authors: Albert Schweitzer, Delbert R. Hillers
  • The Words of Albert Schweitzer - Author: Selected by Norman Cousins

Related Websites:

E-Texts:

  • Schweitzer's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech—December 10, 1953
  • The Quest of the Historical Jesus—A Critical Study of its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede By Albert Schweitzer
  • Struggle to Find Life's Meaning—Written by Schweitzer the week before his death

Bio excerpts from the Schweitzer Institute web site www.lucidcafe.com/library/96jan/schweitzer.html