1881 May 1 Marie – Joseph Pierre Teilhard de Chardin born Sarcenat
1899 March 20 Enters Jesuit noviciate Aix-en Provence
1902 October

First year as a scholastic

Geological field trip in Jersey

1905 End of August Leaves for Egypt for required three years teaching in Jesuit college Cairo
1909 October

First year of theology

Geological field trip with Pere Pellotier


The Weald; Jersey

L’eocene des environs de Minieh
1911 August 24 Ordained priest Hastings
1912 October

Begins course under Marcellin Boule at the Museum of Natural History

Studies phosphorites in Quercy

1914 July Field trip with Jean Boussac Alpes du Dauphine
1914 August Begins tertianship Canterbury
1914 December Called up for service with medical corps Clermont Les carnassiers des phosphorites du Quercy
1915 January Stretcher-bearer (2nd class) in the 8th Moroccan Light Infantry
1915 May Ypres Sector
1915 June Transfers to 4th combined regiment of Zouaves and Light Infantry
1915 August Arras District
1915 August 29 Mentioned in divisional orders
1915 September 1 Croix de Guerre
1916 January In billets behind the line Nieuport-Ville
1916 March 24 From this date onwards drafts numberous writings La vie cosmique (Ecrits guerre)
1916 April 24 Finishes La vie cosmique Dunkirk sector
1919 July Passes certificate in geology Paris l’evangelisation des temps nouveaux
1919 July Passes certificate in geology Paris l’evangelisation des temps nouveaux
1920 March Passes certificate in zoology Paris
1920 June Preparation of doctoral thesis in geology at the Institut Catholique
1920 July Excavations near Rheims in connection with thesis Rheims
1922 March 22 Oral examination for doctoral thesis Les mammiferes de l’eocene inferieur francais l’evangelisation des temps nouveaux
1922 March 22 Assistant Professor of Geology
1923 April 6 To China via Suez, Ceylon, Sumatra, Hong Kong, Shanghai
1923 May Joins Pere Emile Licent, S.J. Tientsin
1923 June First field trip with Licent Ordos
1923 August 6 Writes Mass on the World in the Ordos Deser
1924 April Field trip with Pere Licent Eastern Mongolia
1924 August Joins Professor George Barbour Kalgan
1924 September Returns to France by sea Shanghai
1924 October Resumes courses at Institut Catholique Paris
1924 October Gives retreats for students of Grandes Ecoles
1926 April Leaves for China with Pere Licent and Pere Lejay
1926 November Drafts treatise on spirituality Tientsin
1926 December Visited by Professor Alfred Lacroix of the Museum of Natural History Peking
1927 May–July Field trip with Licent Dalai-Nor (Tari N.)
1929 February Return to China via Jibuti and Ceylon Le sens humain
1929 April

Accepts post as scientific adviser to Peking Geological Service

Lives with Lazarist Fathers

Works with Dr. Davidson Black and Dr. Wong Wen Hao at Chou-Kou-Tien

1929 December 2 Pei-Wen-Chung, Director of Excavations at Chou-Kou-Tien, discovers the first Sinanthropus skull Chou-Kou-Tien (with C.C. Young)
1930 February Trip with Barbour Shensi, Shansi
1930 May Joins Chapman Andrews expedition Mongolia, Gobi Desert
1931 January Trip to USA to make arrangements for Citroen expedition New York, Chicago
1931 February Return to China via Hawaii and Japan San Francisco
1931 May 8 Joins expedition Kalgan, Gobi Desert
1932 January 1 With the Divine Word Fathers Liangchow (Kansu)
1932 September Return to France for four months Paris
1933 February Leaves for fifth journey to China
1933 July Trip to USA via Pacific route San Francisco, Washington, New York
1933 July Attends International Congress of Geology in Washington
1934 May Yangtze Expedition, and trip to Central Asia with Barbour Yangtze, Hunan, Tsinling Mts.
1935 May Return to France Paris
1935 September Departure for India to join Helmut de Terra Red Sea, Kashmir The Discovery of the Past (Vision of the past)
1935 End of December To Java at invitation of Von Koenigswald Batavia, Bandung, Sangiran
1936 January Return to China via Hong Kong and Shanghai Peking
1937 February Trip to USA across Pacific via Honolulu Philadelphia
1937 April Return to France via Atlantic route New York
1937 August 6 Leaves for China from Marseilles on board the D’Artagnan Human Energy (Building the Earth)
1937 December To Burma to join Helmut de Terra Rangoon
1938 March Arrival in Java with Helmut de Terra; stays with Von Koenigswald Batavia, Bandung, Surakarta, Trinil, La Solo
1938 May Return to China Peking
1938 June Begins The Phenomenon of Man
1938 September Leaves for USA via Pacific route Vancouver, New York
1938 November Returns to France via Atlantic route Social Heredity and Progress (The Future of Man)
1939 June Return to China via USA
1939 August 30 Arrival in China where he stays until 1946 Peking
1940 May Sets up Institute of Geobiology with Pere Pierre Leroy, S.J.
1940 June Finishes The Phenomenon of Man The Phenomenon of Man
1940 June Publishes several papers on Chou-Kou-Tien
1941 March 3 Lectures at French Embassy on ‘The Future of Man as seen by a Paleontologist’ Some Reflections on Progress (The Future of Man)
1942 November 15 Exposition of law of complexity – consciousness Man’s Place in the Universe (The Vision of the Past)
1941 March 3 Lectures at French Embassy on ‘The Future of Man as seen by a Paleontologist’ Some Reflections on Progress (The Future of Man)
1942 November 15 Exposition of law of complexity – consciousness Man’s Place in the Universe (The Vision of the Past)
1943 Founds journal Geobiologia Peking
1946 May In France. Various activities, including lectures Paris
1947 June 1 Heart attack Paris
1948 March Sixth trip to USA New York
1948 June Return to France Paris
1948 August Stays with his brother, Joseph Les Moulins Comment je vois
1948 October Seeks ecclesiastical approval for publication of The Phenomenon of Man and for appointment to Chair at College de France Rome
1948 November Return to France after negative response to both requests Paris
1949 February Lectures at Sorbonne on Groupe Zoologique humain Paris
1949 October Attends International Congress on Philosophy of Science Paris The Vision of our Past (The Vision of the Past)
1951 July Leaves for South Africa. Breaks journey in England, joins Barbour. Barbour flies to South Africa, Teilhard sails from Southampton London
1951 August 28 Visits sites of Australopithecus, finds with Barbour and van Riet Lowe Johannesburg, Pretoria, Kimberley, Dry Harts Valley
1951 October Visits Hopefield site with Dr. J. Goodwin Cape Town
1951 November Return to USA via Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro New York
1951 December Accepts research post with Wenner Gren Foundation offered by Dr. Paul Fejos
1952 July Trip across USA Chicago
1953 July Second South African trip L’etoffe de l’univers
1954 June In France Paris Species (The Appearance of Man)
1954 June 28 Lecture on Africa and origins of man Paris
1954 July Visits Lascaux with Pere Leroy. Last visit to birthplace Lascaux
1954 August Return to USA New York
1955 April 10 Dies on Easter Day Recherche, travail et adoration