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William James

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: August 26, 1910 (68)
Tamworth, Carroll, NH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry James, Sr. and Mary Robertson Walsh
Husband of Alice Howe Gibbens
Father of Henry James
Brother of Henry James; Robertson James; Alice James and Garth Wilkinson James

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About William James

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a physician. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism. He was the brother of novelist Henry James and of diarist Alice James..."

'...William James was born at the Astor House in New York City. He was the son of Henry James Sr..."

"...William James, with his younger brother Henry James (who became a prominent novelist) and sister Alice James (who is known for her posthumously published diary), received an eclectic trans-Atlantic education, developing fluency in both German and French. Education in the James household encouraged cosmopolitanism. The family made two trips to Europe while William James was still a child, setting a pattern that resulted in thirteen more European journeys during his life..."

"...In his early adulthood, James suffered from a variety of physical ailments, including those of the eyes, back, stomach, and skin. He was also tone deaf.[2] He was subject to variety of psychological symptoms which were diagnosed at the time as neurasthenia, and which included periods of depression during which he contemplated suicide for months on end. Two younger brothers, Garth Wilkinson (Wilky) and Robertson (Bob), fought in the Civil War. The other three siblings (William, Henry, and Alice James) all suffered from periods of invalidism..."

"...James took up medical studies at Harvard Medical School in 1864. He took a break in the spring of 1865 to join naturalist Louis Agassiz on a scientific expedition up the Amazon River..."

"...He finally earned his M.D. degree in June 1869, but never practiced medicine. What he called his "soul-sickness" would only be resolved in 1872, after an extended period of philosophical searching. He married Alice Gibbens in 1878..."

"...James spent almost his entire academic career at Harvard. He was appointed instructor in physiology for the spring 1873 term, instructor in anatomy and physiology in 1873, assistant professor of psychology in 1876, assistant professor of philosophy in 1881, full professor in 1885, endowed chair in psychology in 1889, return to philosophy in 1897, and emeritus professor of philosophy in 1907..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William James', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 July 2011, 19:59 UTC, <> [accessed 25 July 2011]

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William James's Timeline

January 11, 1842
New York, NY, USA
May 18, 1879
Age 37
August 26, 1910
Age 68
Tamworth, Carroll, NH, USA