Biographical and historical note
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), French Jesuit priest, paleontologist, and philosopher, attended the Jesuit College of Mongre in his childhood. Next, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Aix-en-Provence. Then, he taught for three years at the Jesuit College in Cairo, Egypt. He was ordained a priest in 1911. In World War I, Teilhard served as a stretcher bearer. After the war, he taught at the Catholic Institute of Paris. In 1923, he undertook his first paleontological excursion to China. For his scientific work, he ventured across China and Asia. From 1939 to 1945, Teilhard lived in Peking. He journeyed back to his native France in 1946, and he subsequently moved to New York City, where he died in 1955.
Teilhard tried to synthesize Christianity, science, and philosophy. His views were controversial in some circles. His extensive writings on science and religion were published after his death in 1955.
His noteworthy books include "The Phenomenon of Man" (1955)," "The Appearance of Man" (1956),"The Divine Milieu" (1957), "The Vision of the Past" (1957), and "Science and Christ (1965)."
[Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Online].
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The American Teilhard de Chardin Association was founded in 1967. The organization continues to promote the life, writings, and legacy of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin through publications, meetings, and conferences.
[Source: American Teilhard Association Web Site].