Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Ph.D., was born on September 22, 1880 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Kuhn taught language at the grammar and high school level for many years before starting work on his Ph.D. in philosophy at Columbia University in 1927. He achieved the degree in 1931. Kuhn was an accomplished scholar of comparative religion who published often and lectured throughout the US and Canada. He founded a publishing house, Academy Press, in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
His first book, Theosophy: A Modern Revival of the Ancient Wisdom, was published in 1930 and was based on his Ph.D. thesis for Columbia University. It was the first time that any modern university in Europe or America had ever permitted anyone to win the degree with a thesis on Theosophy. For this reason, he is considered a theosophical pioneer. Kuhn’s other published works include: Lost Light; Who is this King of Glory?; Sex as a Symbol; Shadow of the Third Century; India’s True Voice; Hark! Messiah Speaks, The Ultimate Canon of Knowledge, and more. He completed this last book right before his death in 1963. He left behind him two unfinished books called Great Pan Returns and Krishnamurti and Theosophy.