A new algorithm is presented for training of multilayer feedforward neural networks by integrating a genetic algorithm with an adaptive conjugate gradient neural network learning algorithm. The parallel hybrid learning algorithm has been implemented in C on an MIMD shared memory machine (Cray Y-MP8/864 supercomputer). It has been applied to two different domains, engineering design and image recognition. The performance of the algorithm has been evaluated by applying it to three examples. The superior convergence property of the parallel hybrid neural network learning algorithm presented in this paper is demonstrated.