Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) German theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician, Nobel Peace Prize winner
Cats played an important role in Dr. Schweitzer's life.
He rescued a kitten, after he heard her plaintive "meow" under the floor of a building under construction. Named Sizi, she sat on his desk as he wrote, often falling asleep on his left arm - during these times Dr. Schweitzer, who was left-handed, wrote prescriptions with his right hand. This went on for 23 years. Another cat, Piccolo, slept on papers stacked on Dr. Schweitzer's desk; if someone needed the papers, they were required to wait till the cat awoke. Schweitzer once said: "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."