TÓTILA ALBERT / LIFE AND WORK in Words, Images and Excerpts. Biography by Claudio Naranjo |


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TÓTILA ALBERT / LIFE AND WORK in Words, Images and Excerpts

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[Below is an excerpt from the Introduction. Please click above for full Bio. It’s lengthy, but a rich read]
Tótila Albert Schneider was born in Santiago, Chile, on November 30, 1892.
Don Federico Albert, as he was called in Chile, was born in Germany, and was a son of a court-musician — Max Albert — secretly known to be a half-brother of king Ludwig II of Bavaria.Toward the end of the 19th century the Chilean Governement took the initiative of contributing to the country’s revolution by attracting several personalities from Europe, and the names of some of these are still well remembered: Gay, who described many local animal species, Phillipi, well known for his book on birds, Poenisch, whose books on algebra were still in use when I attended high-school.
Don Federico (as he was respectfully called) was director of the recently created Museum of Natural History, was responsible for bringing the trout to South America, and devoted much time to experimenting in every climatic zone of our long country with the growing of trees from other parts of the world. He was one of those all-round naturalists a la Humboldt — a type that has disappeared today with the increasing complexification, specialization and compartimentalization of science. More characteristically, even, he was a man of action, who planted dunes to stop erosion, originated legislation to protect forests and animal species, created oyster nurseries, and generally speaking, was a pioneering and active ecologist, a forerunner of a type beginning to appear in our time.
I remember Tótila telling me of his childhood excursions with his father into the beautiful virgin forests of the south, and one of the most emblematic images that I have of Don Federico is that of him on the occasion when, in the company of his ten year old son, he came upon a seeming geyser that shot rhythmic spurts of salty water. He was of the … cold and opinion that the water which he ascertained was cold and salty was impelled by the surf at the nearby coast, and was channelled through an underground tunnel.
He proceeded to explore the seaside, and upon discovering the expected cave decided to proceed to the final test: soon Tótila, who, following his instructions, continued to sit by the intermittent spurt, saw him fly out of the “geyser” in one of its explosions. Don Federico must have calculated with precision and a self-assurance that he would be able to hold his breath while propelled along the tunnel, and surely he was willing to take some risk upon himself for the sake of adventurous investigation.
[short excerpt from the Introduction. Please click on link above for full Bio]

4 thoughts on “TÓTILA ALBERT / LIFE AND WORK in Words, Images and Excerpts. Biography by Claudio Naranjo |

  1. WilderSoul says:

    He shot through a geyser!!? I like Claudio’s biography… I’m going to look for more of what he says about his own beliefs and values… Time to explore your transpersonal side of the blog. 🙂

  2. Maria cecilia Aylwin says:

    quisiera ubicar a la hija de Totila Albert, soy sobrina de una de sus alumnas y qusiera entregar algunos recuerdos y escritos acerca de el. atentamente. M. cecilia.

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