1837 – Bucke was born near London, Ontario to quite-literate English immigrant parents.
1858 – Bucke enrolled in McGill University’s medical school in Montreal, where he delivered a distinguished thesis.
1865 – Bucke married Jessie Gurd. The couple had seven children.
1877 – Bucke was appointed head of a provincial Asylum for the Insane in London, Ontario, a post he held for nearly the remainder of his life.
– He read, and was deeply impressed by, Leaves of Grass by American poet Walt Whitman.
1879 – Bucke developed a theory of human intellectual and emotional evolution, and, besides publishing and delivering professional papers, wrote a book on his theory titled Man’s Moral Nature, published.
1882 – Bucke was elected to the English Literature Section of the Royal Society of Canada.
1883 – He met Whitman, developed a lasting friendship, and published a biography of the poet.
1901 – Bucke’s career was a book that he researched and wrote over many years, Cosmic Consciousness, published the year before his death.
1902 – Richard Bucke died.