Born in Greece, Aristotle lived from 384 BC to 322 BC.
The influence of Aristotle’s work on the physical sciences spread far and wide, offering well thought out theory and reasoning that would prevail for many years to come before eventually being replaced by modern physics.
As well as science, Aristotle wrote on many other subjects including poetry, music, theater, logic, metaphysics, rhetoric, ethics and politics.
The majority of Aristotle’s original work has been lost through the passage of time but around one third of it still remains to this day.
Aristotle was a student of Plato. When he was around eighteen years old, he moved to Athens to be further educated at Plato's Academy, where he stayed for nearly 20 years.
Alexander the Great became a student of Aristotle in 343BC and took much advice from his teacher despite a falling out near the end of Alexander’s life. Aristotle was also a teacher to Ptolemy and Cassander, who would both eventually be crowned kings.
Aristotle was also a natural historian, recording data and analyzing the sea life around areas such as Lesbos. His observations and interpretations were frequently years ahead of their time.
The Aristotle Mountains in Antarctica were named in his honor.
Famous Aristotle quotes include: “Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.”
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.”
“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”