1933
Birth

Edward Charles Francis Publius de Bono was born in St. Julian’s Bay, Malta, 19 May 1933, to parents Dr. Joseph Edward de Bono, a physician and Josephine Burns de Bono, an Irish journalist.

1937
Schooling

Dr de Bono was educated in St. Edward’s College, Malta 1937-49

 

1953
Royal University of Malta

Edward conducted his undergraduate studies at the Royal University of Malta, Attaining a B.Sc. in Medicine in 1953 and completing his M.D. in 1955.

1955
Rhodes Scholarship

Edward won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 1955. The Rhodes Scholarship assists students with promise from nations around the world to study at Oxford University. Other famous recipients include former President Bill Clinton in 1968, astronomer extaordinaire Edwin Hubble in 1910,  as well as Kris Kristofferson (1958), Terrence Malik (1966), Stuart Hall (1951), Bob Hawke (1953), Terrence Malik (1966), Naomi Wolf (1985) etc

1955
Sporting Achievements

While studying at Oxford University, Edward was awarded an MA in psychology and physiology in 1957, and a D.Phil. in 1961, he spent some time working as a research assistant between 1957-–60 and later as a lecturer. During his time as a student he represented Oxford in polo and on the boat team. He set two canoeing records, including a legendary (and still standing at time of writing) one for paddling 112 miles from Oxford to London non-stop.

1963
Cambridge University

In 1963 Edward joined Trinity College, Cambridge University where he gained a Ph.D. in medicine. He also held faculty appointments as assistant director of research for a time, while lecturing in medicine.

1970
Lateral Thinking

The 1970 Classic text that launched the Lateral Thinking revolution. The seminal work that profoundly changed the field of thinking.

1985
Six Thinking Hats

– a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats. “Six Thinking Hats” and the associated idea parallel thinking provide a means for groups to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way, and in doing so to think together more effectively

1985
The Use of Lateral Thinking

a system designed by Edward de Bono which describes a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats. “Six Thinking Hats” and the associated idea parallel thinking provide a means for groups to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way, and in doing so to think together more effectively

2009
Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation