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Jean C. Baudet

Autobiography

I was born on May 31st 1944, in Brussels. I grew up in that little town and was educated in French, the language of my parents.

In 1966, I was appointed as a professor of mathematics at the College Saint-François-Xavier in Kikwit (Congo). After two years of teaching, I was appointed in another African country (Burundi), where I was in charge of a course of philosophy, and also of a course of history of science. I stayed in Burundi till 1973, and, all this while, I was engaged in biological research. I was indeed attached, since 1969, to a group investigating the taxonomy and the genetics of the Phaseoleae (a botanical tribe of tropical plants), located at the Faculté Agronomique de Gembloux (Belgium), under the scientific direction of Guy Le Marchand.

From 1973 to 1975, I was traveling the Kivu (North-East of Congo), collecting plants in the field as a botanist-prospector. From 1975 to 1978, I returned to Gembloux, where I worked really hard. But in 1978, I had abandoned all thought of a biological career (nevertheless I graduated as a PhD in 1977), and had only one ambition : to elucidate the philosophical meaning and value of the knowledge.

At that time, with the efficient collaboration of my wife, Marianne Allard, I founded a review, Technologia, devoted to the history of science and technology. That periodical regularly appeared from 1978 to 1989.

With the aim to make sure the development of Technologia, I was required to found a little publishing company, APPS, located in Brussels, and I managed that enterprise till 1997. Then, I decided to leave definitively the publishing business, and since that moment I spent all time to philosophical speculation and writing, devoting the last years of my life to the main problem of the human thinking, i.e. how can man think.

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