Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a famous French philosopher and a priest who was also known for his controversial writings. Read more about the life and works of this philosopher in the following article.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Also Listed In: Philosophers
Famous as: Philosopher & Jesuit Priest
religion: Roman Catholic
Born on: 01 May 1881 Famous 1st May Birthdays
Zodiac Sign: Taurus Famous Taureans
Born in: Orcines
Died on: 10 April 1955
place of death: New York City
father: Alexandre-Victor Emmanuel Teilhard de Chardin
mother: Berthe-Adèle de Dompierre d'Hornoy
siblings: Albéric, Françoise, Marguerite Teillard-Chambon, Marie-Louise, Marguerite-Marie, Gabriel, Olivier, Joseph, Gonzague, Victor
education: Notre Dame de Mongré, Villefranche-sur-Saône, France (1898), Lycee Sacre-Coeur, Aix-en-Provence, France, PhD Paleontology, Sorbonne (1922)
Works & Achievements: Wrote famous books like Le Phenomena Humaine, L'Energie Humaine and Le Phenomène spiritual. Also took part in discovery of Piltdown Man and Peking Man.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a famous French philosopher and Jesuit priest who was also trained as a paleontologist and geologist. He took active part in the discovery of both Piltdown Man and Peking Man. Teilhard proposed the concept of the Omega Point and further developed Vladimir Vernadsky's concept of Noosphere. Some of his ideas caused dispute between him and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, because of which several of his books were censured. In his significant book, "The Phenomenon of Man", he described the unfolding of the cosmos. In another work, "Book of Genesis" he deserted the traditional interpretations of creation which greatly displeased some officials of the Catholic Church. He was opposed by his Church superiors and some of his books were denied being published during his lifetime by the Roman Holy Office.
PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN TIMELINE
Was born in Orcines, France.
Went to the Jesuit college of Mongré, in Villefranche-sur-Saône.
Joined the Jesuit novitiate at Aix-en-Provence.
Earned a licentiate in literature in Caen.
Taught physics and chemistry in Cairo, Egypt, at the Jesuit College of the Holy Family.
Studied theology in Hastings, in Sussex.
Was consecrated as a priest.
Worked in the paleontology laboratory of the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle, in Paris.
Took part with him in excavations in the prehistoric painted caves in the northwest of Spain, at the Cave of Castillo.
Served in the World War I as a stretcher-bearer in the 8th Moroccan Rifles.
Wrote his first essay, La Vie Cosmique (Cosmic life).
Pronounced his solemn vows as a Jesuit in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon.
Wrote Puissance spirituelle de la Matière (the spiritual Power of Matter).
Was granted a science Doctorate.
Traveled to China with Father Emile Licent.
Joined the excavations of the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian as an advisor.
Traveled to the Sang-Kan-Ho valley near Kalgan (Zhangjiakou) and made a tour in Eastern Mongolia.
Stayed at Paris, France during which he traveled to Leuven, Belgium, to Cantal, and to Ariège,
Stayed in France and in the United States.
Was ordered by the Rome to give up his post in Paris.
traveled in the valleys of Yangtze River and Szechuan (Sichuan).
Joined the Yale-Cambridge expedition in northern and central India.
He wrote “Le Phénomène spiritual” (The Phenomenon of the Spirit).
His book “L’Energie Humaine” was banned by Rome.
Presented his most important work “Le Phenomena Humaine” to Rome.
Died in New York City.
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