Happy 102nd Birthday, Marshall McLuhan!

21Jul13
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“Marshall McLuhan was born in 1911 and died in 1980. By the time of his death, he had been dismissed by respectable academicians, and he was known in the popular press as an eccentric intellectual whose day in the media spotlight had come and gone. By 1980, the transformation of human life catalyzed by television was taken for granted, and it no longer seemed interesting to ask where the electronic media were taking us. But in recent years, the explosion of new media – particularly the Web – has caused new anxieties. Or to put a more McLuhanesque spin on it, the advent of new digital media has brought the conditions of the old technologies into sharper relief, and made us suddenly conscious of our media environment. In the confusion of the digital revolution, McLuhan is relevant again”. 

– From  Wired 4.01: The Wisdom of Saint Marshall, the Holy Foolhttp://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.01/saint.marshal_pr.html

Timeline: Herbert Marshall McLuhan – 1911-1980

1911 born July 21st in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1932 B.A., University of Manitoba.
1934 M.A., University of Manitoba.
1936 B.A., Cambridge University.
1936-1937 Taught at the University of Wisconsin.
1937-1944 Taught at Saint Louis Louis
1939 M.A., Cambridge University.
1939 Married Corinne Lewis of Fort Worth, Texas.
1943 Ph.D., Cambridge University.
1944-1946 Taught at Assumption College, Windsor, Ontario.
1946-1979 Taught in the English Department at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.
1951 The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man published.
1952 Full Professor.
1953-1955 Chairman of Ford Foundation Seminar on Culture and Communication.
1953-1959 Associate editor of the journal “Explorations” edited by Edmund S. Carpenter.
1959-1960 Director of Project in Understanding New-Media for National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), and Office of Education, U.S.A.
1962 The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man
won the Governor General’s Award for Canadian Non-fiction for that year.
1963-1979 Appointment by the President of The University of Toronto to direct a new Centre for Culture and Technology (to study the psychic and social consequences of technologies and media).
1964 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man published.
1965 Honorary degree from University of Windsor, D.Litt.
1966 Honorary degree from Assumption University, D.Litt. Outstanding lecture at the Second Annual A.V.B Geoghegan Lecture, University of Pennsylvania.
1967 – Marfleet Lectures, The University of Toronto.
– Purves Memorial Lecture, American Institute of Architects, New York.
The Medium is The Massage with visual design by Quentin Fiore, produced by Jerome Agel, published.
– Honorary degree from The University of Manitoba, D.Litt.
– Honorary degree from Simon Fraser University, LL.D.
– Honorary degree from Grinnell University, Iowa, D.Litt.
– Recieved Honorary Award in Culture and Communications from Niagara University, New York. Molson Award for outstanding achievement in the Social Sciences.
War and Peace in the Global Village, with visual design by Quentin Fiore, produced by Jerome Agel, published.
1968 Appointment to the Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities, Fordham University, New York.
1968 Relocated Centre for Culture and Technology to the Coach House at University of Toronto.
1969 Honorary degree from St. John Fischer College, Lit. Hum.
1970 Received the Institute of Public Relations President’s Award, Great Britain.
Appointment as a Champion of the Order of Canada.
Outstanding lectures at:
– Congressional Breakfast, Washington, D.C.
– Gillet Lecture Series, University of Western Ontario.
– Mary C. Richardson Lecture, State University College of Arts and Science, Genesco, New York.
1971 Honorary degree from The University of Alberta, LL.D. Received the Christian Culture Award, Assumption University, Windsor, Ontario Gold Medal Award from the President of the Italian Republic at Rimini, Italy, in recognition of original work as philosopher of the mass media.
1972 Honorary degree from The University of Western Ontario, D.Litt. Outstanding lecture, McAuley, St. Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut. President’s Cabinet Award, University of Detroit.
1973 Vatican appointment as consultor of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications.
1980 Passed away peacefully in his sleep on the last day of 1980.

From http://www.mcluhan.org/timeline.html

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