Portrait of Mircea Eliade

Mircea Eliade

Historian, Philosopher, and Writer
March 13, 1907 – April 22, 1986

Mircea Eliade was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who established paradigms in religious studies that persist to this day. His theory that hierophanies form the basis of religion, splitting the human experience of reality into sacred and profane space and time, has proved influential.