Sigmund Freud Timeline Important Dates in the Life and Career of Sigmund Freud

1856 – (May 6) Sigismund Freud was born in Freiberg, Moravia to parents Jacob and Amalia. At the age of 41, Jakob already had two children from a previous marriage, but Sigismund was the 21-year-old Amalia’s first born.

1860 – After the failure of his father’s business due to economic woes, the Freud family moved to Vienna, Austria and settled in the Jewish neighborhood of Leopoldstadt.

1865 – Freud began attending the Gymnasium.

1873 – Freud graduated summa cum laude from secondary school and began studying medicine at the University of Vienna.

1878 – Changed his first name from Sigismund to Sigmund.

1881 – Freud received his doctorate degree in medicine.

1884 – Published a monograph on cocaine.

1885 – Worked with Charcot at the Salpetriere Hospital on hysteria and hypnosis.

1886 – Began his own private practice and married Martha Bernays.

1887 – Freud’s daughter Mathilda (1887-1978) was born and he first met Wilhelm Fliess.

1889 – His son Jean Martin (1889-1967) was born. The boy was named in honor of Freud’s early mentor, Jean-Martin Charcot.

1891 – Son Oliver (1891-1969) was born.

1892 – Josef Breuer describes the case of Anna O. with Freud. His son Ernst (1892-1970) was also born.

1893 – Began formulating his seduction theory. Daughter Sophie (1893-1920) was born.

1895 – Published Studies on Hysteria with Breuer. Daughter Anna Freud (1895-1982) was born.

1896 – First used the term psychoanalysisin “Zur Ätiologie der Hysterie.” His father, Jakob, died the same year.

1900– Published The Interpretation of Dreams.

1901 – Published The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.

1905 – Published Three Essays on Sexuality.

1906 – Began correspondence with Carl Jung.

1907 – Freud and Jung met face-to-face.

1908 – The first International Psychoanalytical Congress was held in Salzburg.

1909 – Freud made his first and only visit to the United States along with Carl Jung and Sandor Ferenczi. He had been invited by G. Stanley Hall to present a series of guest lectures at Clark University.

1913 – Jung broke from Freud and psychoanalysis. Totem and Taboo was published.

1920 – Published Beyond the Pleasure Principle, which introduced his concept of the death instinct.

1922 – His grandson, the noted artist Lucian Freud, was born.

1923 – Published The Ego and the Id and was diagnosed with jaw cancer.

1929Civilization and its Discontents was published.

1930 – Freud’s mother died.

1933 – Corresponded with Albert Einstein.

1938 – Anna Freud was arrested and interrogated by the Gestapo. Freud moved to London with his wife and youngest daughter Anna.

1939 – Freud died on September 23 of cancer in London.

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