Dr. F. David Peat obtained his PhD at Liverpool University and carried out research in theoretical physics at Queens University (Canada) and the National Research Council of Canada. He became a close associate of David Bohm until his death. In addition to scientific research Peat took a deep interest in the approaches of Carl Jung and has given workshop at many Jungian conferences and centers. While in North America, Peat organized a series of circles of Native American Elders and Western Sciences as well as between Artists and Scientists. Peat is also the author of some twenty books exploring scientific ideas, looking at the social implications of science, exploring Jungian ideas and looking at creativity. In 1996 Peat moved to the medieval hilltop village of Pari, near to Siena, where he established a center to run conferences, courses, research projects and host an active program of visitors. The Center’s maxims are "The future has an ancient heart" and "science, spirit and community." In 2002 the Center was chosen by the Metanexus Institute as a grantee of its Local Societies Initiative Program.