Robert Pirsig (6 September, 1928 – 24 April, 2017) is mainly known for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values in which he tells of his of motorcycle trip he and his young son Chris from Minneapolis to San Francisco. The book explores western culture and analyzes forms of philosophy.
- Pirsig is of of German and Swedish descent.
- At age 9, Pirsig was discovered to have an I.Q. of 170 and finished high school at age 15 and started learning biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.
- Pirsig was expelled from the university, he got bad grades because he was distracted by the notion that the number of hypotheses in science are unlimited.
- In 1946 Pirsig joined the US Army and served in South Korea until 1948.
- After he was discharged, Pirsig earned a BA in Eastern Philosophy and performed graduate-level work in philosophy and journalism at the University of Chicago.
- In 1958 Pirsig started teaching creative writing at Montana State University.
- Pirsig had two sons with his wife Nancy and one child with his second wife, Wendy.
- Chris Pirsig was stabbed to death during a mugging outside the San Francisco Zen Center.
- Pirsig was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974.
- In 2012 Montana State University awarded Pirsig an honorary doctorate in the field of philosophy, however he did not accept the award in person due to health reasons.
Zohar – Man of la Book
This post was originally published as Fun Facts Friday: Robert Pirsig on 6 September, 2013.