Gabriel Marcel( 7 December 1889 - 8 October 1973 )
Gabriel Honoré Marcel was a French philosopher, playwright, music critic and leading Christian existentialist. The author of over a dozen books and at least thirty plays, Marcel's work focused on the modern individual's struggle in a technologically dehumanizing society. Though often regarded as the first French existentialist, he dissociated himself from figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, preferring the term 'Philosophy of Existence' to define his own thought. The Mystery of Being is a well-known two-volume work authored by Marcel.
Marcel was born in and died in Paris. His mother Laure Meyer died when he was young and he was brought up by his aunt and father, Henry Marcel. When he was eight he moved to Stockholm for a year where his father was Minister Plenipotentiary.