Karl Popper

karl popperKarl Popper arrived in Christchurch in 1937, having previously been awarded a PhD from the University of Vienna.

From 1937 to 1945, he taught philosophy at Canterbury College, stressing the need for research as well as teaching to be performed within a university.

During his time at the College he wrote and published The Open Society and its Enemies, comparing democracies founded on rational debate with authoritarian government. He went on to a position at the London School of Economics, and became a sought-after lecturer and speaker, attending conferences and debates around the world.

He was knighted in 1965 and today is widely regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of twentieth century science.