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Burhoe, Ralph Wendell

Born: 1911 AD
Died: 1997 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Meteorologist, Theologian

1911 – Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on June 21st. Ralph Wendell Burhoe, a twentieth century pioneer interpreter of the importance of religion for a scientific and technological world.

1928-1932 – Burhoe attended Harvard, but dropped out before he could complete his degree.

         – Married to Frances Bickford, when he and his wife were both penniless and unemployed, they retreated to a log cabin on the side of Mount Washington to "meditate upon their situation".

1935-1936 – He spent eighteen months in theological study at Andover Newton seminary.

         – Burhoe became assistant to the director of Harvard’s Blue Hill meteorological observatory.

         – He was active in the American Meteoreological Society and founded the journal Metereological Abstracts as an organ for gathering international weather data, much of which was useful for military intelligence during the Second World War.

1947 – Burhoe served as the first executive officer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1954 – He founded Institute on Religion in an Age of Science.

1969 – Married to Calla Crawford Butler.

1977-1979 – Burhoe’s achievements were recognized by honorary doctorates from Meadville Lombard Theological School and Rollins College.

1980 – His intellectual and organizational achievements were recognized when he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

1988 – Burhoe founded the Chicago Center for Religion and Science, in cooperation with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

1992 – Wrote ‘Roger Sperry’, a Nobel Prize winner for brain research, observed that "in the history of efforts to join religion and science, none appears to have achieved more wide and lasting impact than the venture of Ralph Wendell Burhoe".

         – David Breed’s biography, Yoking Science and Religion: The Life and Thought of Ralph Wendell Burhoe (Zygon Books) appeared.

1997 – Died on May 8th of natural causes at his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.