Robert Thurman

Born Aug 3, 1941

For the baseball player, see Bob Thurman; for the novelist, see Rob Thurman En:Robert Thurman File:Robert Thurman 2011.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Thurman.


1941 Birth Born on August 3, 1941.


1954 12 Years Old He attended Philips Exeter Academy from 1954 to 1958, followed by Harvard University, where he obtained his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
1960 18 Years Old He married Marie-Christophe de Menil daughter of Dominique de Menil and John de Menil and heiress to the Schlumberger Limited oil-equipment fortune, in 1960; they had one daughter, Taya; their grandson was the late artist Dash Snow.
1961 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961 Thurman lost his left eye in an accident while he was using a jack to lift an automobile, and the eye was replaced with an ocular prosthetic.


1964 22 Years Old He became a Buddhist and was ordained in 1964, the first American Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. … Read More
1967 25 Years Old In 1967, back in the United States, Thurman resigned his monk's vows of celibacy and married his second wife, German-Swedish model and psychologist Nena von Schlebrügge, who was previously married briefly to Timothy Leary. … Read More


1973 31 Years Old He was professor of religion at Amherst College from 1973 to 1988, when he accepted a position at Columbia University as professor of religion and Sanskrit. … Read More
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