|In 1981, UNESCO convened an international symposium and exhibition to mark the birth centenary of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the French theologian, philosopher and palaeontologist. A medal was also issued. Designed by the French artist Paul Belmondo and struck at the Paris Mint, the obverse side shows a portrait of Teilhard de Chardin.The reverse features a map of the world with, in its centre, the Greek letter “omega”, the philosopher’s term for the convergence point of the earth’s evolution. The inscription on the reverse side, La compréhension et le respect sacré de l’humain (Understanding and respect for all that is human) is taken from a letter written by Teilhard de Chardin to Father Auguste Valensin in February 1928.
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