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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell of Kingston Russell

Also Known As: "3rd Earl Russell of Kingston Russell", "Viscount Amberley of Amberley and of Ardsalla"
Birthdate: (97)
Birthplace: Ravenscroft, Trellech, (Ardsalla Castle?), Monmouthshire, Wales
Death: Died in Merionethshire, Wales
Immediate Family:

Son of John Russell, Viscount Amberley and Katharine Russell, Viscountess Amberley
Husband of Edith Russell
Ex-husband of Alyssa (Alys) Whitall Russell; Dora Winifred Black and Patricia Helen Spence
Father of John Russell, 4th Earl Russell; <private> Tait (Russell) and Conrad Russell, 5th Earl Russell
Brother of John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell and Rachel Lucretia Russell

Managed by: Douglas John Nimmo
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About Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, Nobel Prize in Literature 1950

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, pacifist, and social critic. Though he spent most of his life in England, he was born in Wales, and died there at the age of 97.

Russell led the British "revolt against idealism" in the early 1900s. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege and his protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein, and is widely held to be one of the 20th century's premier logicians. He co-authored, with A. N. Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic. His philosophical essay "On Denoting" has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy." His work has had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics, and philosophy, especially philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics.

Russell was a prominent anti-war activist; he championed free trade and anti-imperialism. Russell went to prison for his pacifist activism during World War I. Later, he campaigned against Adolf Hitler, then criticised Stalinist totalitarianism, attacked the United States of America's involvement in the Vietnam War, and finally became an outspoken proponent of nuclear disarmament.

In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought."

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Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, Nobel Prize in Literature 1950's Timeline

May 18, 1872
Monmouthshire, Wales
November 16, 1921
Age 49
April 15, 1937
Age 64