Category Archive: Famous Freethinkers

Aug 22

August 22: Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (1862) It was on this date, August 22, 1862, that French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy was born Achille-Claude Debussy, the eldest of five children, in St. Germain-en-Laye. A prodigy, he entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 10 and by 1902 his Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of …

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Aug 03

August 3: Étienne Dolet

Étienne Dolet

Étienne Dolet (1509) It was on this date, August 3, 1546, that the French scholar and printer of books critical of religion, Étienne Dolet, was burned alive for his opinions. Dolet was born in Orléans in 1509, possibly also on 3 August, and possibly into a family of wealth and rank. Dolet studied in Paris …

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Jul 22

July 22: Gregor Mendel

Gregor Mendel

Abbot Gregor Mendel was a freethinker who entered a monastery to study science.

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