William Ryan is a Canadian Jesuit priest with a special interest in the relationship between science, religion, and economic development. Presently he is Special Advisor to IDRC (International Development Research Centre, Ottawa) on a research project entitled, "Science, Religion, and Development." He did the initial research for this project, now published by IDRC in Culture, Spirituality, and Economic Development: Opening a Dialogue (1994). He was the founding Director of the Center of Concern, Washington, D.C. He holds an M.A. in labor relations from St. Louis University, a licentiate in theology from the College St. Albert, and a Ph.D. in economic development from Harvard University. His publications include The Clergy and Economic Growth in Quebec (1966) and World Faiths and New World Order (1977), which he co-edited.