|Chronology of Mumford's Life
- 1895 Born October 19 in Flushing, New York.
- 1909 Enters Stuyvesant High School to prepare to become an engineer.
- 1912 Decides to become a writer; enrolls in City College of New York.
- 1915 Discovers writings of Patrick Geddes, his mentor; become a student of the city and surveys New York Regional on foot.
- 1918 Joins U.S. Navy.
- 1919 Mustered out of the navy; joins staff of The Dial and meets Sophia Wittenberg, his future wife.
- 1920 Moves to London to become editor of the Sociological Review; returns to New York and writes for The Freeman.
- 1921 Marries Sophia Wittenberg.
- 1922 Published The Story of Utopias while living in Greenwich Village; moves to Brooklyn Heights.
- 1923 Co-founded of the Regional Planning Association of American (RPAA); helps RPAA plan Sunnyside Gardens, Queens.
- 1924 Publishes Sticks and Stones, his first book on architecture.
- 1925 Son Geddes born on July 5; lectures in Geneva and visits Patrick Geddes in Edinburgh; moves to Sunnyside Gardens.
- 1926 First summer in Amenia, New York; publishes The Golden Day; helps found The American Caravan.
- 1927 After visit to Chicago writes essays rediscovering the Chicago School of architecture.
- 1928 Helps RPAA plan Radburn, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
- 1929 Publishes Herman Melville; begins part-time visiting professorship at Dartmouth College.
- 1931 Publishes The Brown Decades; joins The New Yorker staff -- writes "The Sky Line" and "The Art Galleries" columns.
- 1932 Begins research in Europe for Renewal of Life series.
- 1934 Publishes Technics and Civilization; appointed to New York City Board of Higher Education.
- 1935 Daughter Alison born on April 28.
- 1936 Moves to Amenia, New York.
- 1938 Publishes The Culture of Cities; prepares planning reports for city of Honolulu and for the Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission; writes screenplay for The City; intense involvement in battle against American neutrality.
- 1939 Publishes Men Must Act.
- 1940 Publishes Faith for Living; joins Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies.
- 1941 Ends friendship with Frank Lloyd Wright and others over issue of American neutrality.
- 1942 Moves to California to join faculty of Stanford University -- helps design new humanities program.
- 1944 Resigns from Stanford and returns to Amenia; publishes The Condition of Man; son Geddes killed in combat in Italy on September 13.
- 1945 Moves to Hanover, New Hampshire, to be near close friends.
- 1946 Visits England to advise on postwar urban planning; publishes Values for Survival.
- 1947 Publishes Green Memories, a biography of his son; begins campaign against use and development of the atomic bomb.
- 1948 Moves back to New York City for four years; battle with Robert Moses over Stuyvesant Town.
- 1951 Beginning of ten-year association with University of Pennsylvania as a visiting professor; publishes The Conduct of Life, final volume of Renewal of Life series.
- 1952 Publishes Art and Technics.
- 1956 Publishes The Transformations of Man.
- 1957 Research trip to Europe for his history of the city; begins visiting professorship at MIT.
- 1958 Leads compaign against Robert Moses's plan to build roadway through Washington Square Park in New York City.
- 1961 Publishes The City in History -- wins National Book Award; visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley.
- 1962 Returns to Amernia to work on autobiography and write a two-volume history of technology and human development.
- 1963 Stops writing "The Sky Line" column for The New Yorker.
- 1964 Drafts city plan for Oxford, England; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- 1965 Protests U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
- 1967 Testifies before U.S. Senate subcommittee on urban renewal; publishes The Myth of the Machine: I. Technics and Human Development.
- 1968 Supports Eugene McCarthy's bid for presidential nomination; publishes The Urban Prospect.
- 1970 Publishes The Myth of the Machine: II: The Pentagon of Power.
- 1972 Awarded the National Medal for Literature; publishes Interpretations and Forecasts.
- 1975 Made honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire; publishes Findings and Keepings.
- 1976 Went to Paris to accept Prix Mondial del Duca for lifetime contributions to letters.
- 1978 Begins uncompleted history of human evolution, his final literary project.
- 1979 Publishes My Works and Days; breaks with his publishers, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
- 1982 Publishes autobiography, Sketches from Life -- nominated for American Book Award.
- 1986 Awarded the National Medal of Arts.
- 1990 Died in Amenia, New York on January 26 at the age of 94.