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Born to Greek parents, my student Plato described me as unattractive in appearance and short of stature.

No body really knows how I earned a living...some think I was a stone mason, some claim a military leader, and some suggest that I devoted myself only to what is regarded "as the most important art or occupation: discussing philosophy."

My major contribution to Western thought is the dialectic method of inquiry, known as the method of "elenchos."

My method suggests a way for mathematicians to solve a problem: break the problem down "into a series of questions, the answers to which gradually distill the answer you seek"...which sounds like the precursor to the Scientific Method.

In his dialogues, Plato documented well the story and details of my trial in Athens and execution by drinking poison.

Answer: Socrates (471? - 399 BC)