Berkeley, George

George Berkeley (1685-1753)

George Berkeley grew up in Dysart Castle, Thomastown, County Kilkenny and was educated at Kilkenny College and entered Trinity College, Dublin in 1700 where he took Fellowship in 1704 and began working on his major ideas, which became known as his Philosophical Commentaries.

While touring Europe, he wrote De Moto, a contribution to physics, which is said to have anticipated Einstein.

He is regarded as the father of higher education in the United States where Berkeley in California is named after him. He was a benefactor to Yale and Harvard and was involved in planning Columbia University.

Berkeley is a major figure in western philosophical thought and he is still an important figure in mathematics, physics, the psychology of perception and medicine.

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