Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail – the French educator, translator and author, was born in 3 October 1804 and died in 31 March 1869.
Son of an honorable family, he was sent to study at the the Institution of Pestallozzi, in Switzerland. Back in France he devoted himself to the work of teaching, writing pedagogical books, translating, etc. He was always a member of several learned societies, and that is an indication of the variety of his knowledge, his practical mind activity, and his constant endeavour to be useful to his fellowmen.
Witnessing the phenomenon of “table-turning” and other which were exciting the attention of Europe and America, he was skeptic at first. However, he soon divised the real nature of those phenomena, the intelligent causes behind them which unite the corporeal and spiritual worlds. He started a careful investigation, and two years later he had his ideas and convictions changed by the conversations with the invisible.
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