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Herbert Marcuse: biographical data

1898   Herbert Marcuse was born in Berlin on 19th July the son of a jewish textile factory owner from Pommern Herbert Marcuse
1917-1919   Member of the SPD
1918   Military service in First World War
    During the revolution Marcuse is elected to join the soldier’s council in Berlin–Reinickendorf.
1919-1922   Marcuse studied philosophy at the Universities of Berlin and Freiburg. He received his PhD in Freiburg in1922 with a thesis on the German artist novel.
1924   Marcuse marries Sophie Wertheim. In 1928 their son Peter is born.
1928   Return to Freiburg to continue studies under Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger
1930   Alongside Erich Fromm and Max Horkheimer Marcuse belongs to the co-founders of the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt/Main.
1932   Marcuse gives up the intention to habilitate under Heidegger, his habiltation paper is nevertheless published. He leaves Germany and goes first of all to Geneva and then to Paris as a member of the Frankfurt Institut für Sozialforschung.
1934   Marcuse emigrates to New York where he works as a member of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Columbia.
1940   Marcuse is given American citizenship.
1942-1950   He works as section director in the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, the US counter-intelligence service, and is the successor to Franz L. Neumann: head of the European department.
ab 1950   Various teaching contracts and research projects at American universities
1950-1951   Lectures at the Washington School of Psychiatry
1954-1965   Professor for political sciences at the Brandeis University in Waltham/Massachussetts
1956   After the death of his wife Sophie (1951) he marries Inge Werner, the widow of Franz L. Neumann.
1956   Participation at the commemorative ceremony of Sigmund Freud in Frankfurt am Main
1961-1968   Repeated lectures in Paris
1964   Publication of "Der eindimensionale Mensch"
1964   Guest professor in Frankfurt am Main Participation at the 15th Deutschen Soziologentag in Heidelberg
1965   Marcuse is given a chair at the University of California in San Diego.
1966/67   Strong involvement against the Vietnam war. Participation at Hegel Congress in Prague.
1967   Marcuse is the main speaker at a Congress held by the Berlin SDS, which was organised to a great extent by Rudi Dutschke. Marcuse gives the keynote lecture "The End of Utopia" and a further lecture bearing the title "The Problem of Violence in the Opposition". He participates in two scheduled discussions. A proposed guest professorship at the Free University of Berlin is not realised.
1972   Participation at the Angela-Davis-Congress in Frankfurt am Main
1974   Participation at the celebrations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt am Main
1974-1979   Repeated lectures and discussion at the Max-Planck Institute in Starnberg on researching the conditions of life in the scientific-technical world
1976   After the death of his wife Inge (1973) he marries Erica Sherover.
1979   On 29th July Herbert Marcuse dies during a visit to Germany in Starnberg.

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