Francisco Varela

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Birthday
7, 1946
Birthplace
Chile
Death Date
May 28, 2001 (54)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
7, 1946
Birthplace
Chile
Death Date
May 28, 2001 (54)

About

Philosopher and academic best remembered for co-founding the Mind and Life Institute headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

Before Fame

He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in biology with his thesis titled Insect Retinas: Information processing in the compound eye and supervised by Torsten Wiesel.

Trivia

He became a Tibetan Buddhist during the 1970s. He pioneered the biological concept of autopoiesis.

Family Life

He had four children. He and his family spent seven years in the United States in exile after the 1973 military coup that was led by Augusto Pinochet.

Associated With

He and artist Adrian Piper both earned degrees from Harvard University.