C.E. Raven was born in Paddington on 4 July 1885 and died in Cambridge on 8 July 1964. He was Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge (1932–50), where he also served as Vice-Chancellor of the University. He was a Chaplain to the Crown (starting in 1919), and a fellow of the British Academy. A self-confessed ‘unrepentant Liberal’ Anglican, Raven was long interested in the natural world, yet studied theology and classics at Cambridge. His interest in biology showed itself in several books on birds (e.g. In Praise of Birds, 1925) and in the history of biology (e.g. English Naturalists from Neckam to Ray, 1947). In 1962 he published the first biography in English of Teilhard de Chardin. In the area of ethics, he defended a pacifist position after the destructiveness of World War I (Is War Obsolete?, 1935).
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.