Revd Dr John Polkinghorne


Revd Dr John Polkinghorne



Fellow type

Honorary Fellow


Honorary Fellow (former Fellow in Theology 1986-89)


The Reverend Dr John Polkinghorne worked in theoretical elementary particle physics for 25 years and was Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, 1968-79. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. In 1979 Polkinghorne resigned his chair to study for the Anglican priesthood. He was ordained in 1982. After some years in parish life, he returned to Cambridge to work on issues in science and theology, a topic on which he has written many books. In 1996 he retired from being President of Queens’ College, Cambridge, and was knighted in 1997. He has Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Kent, Durham, Exeter, Leicester and Marquette; and he is an Honorary Fellow of St Chad’s College, Durham and of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He has been the Chairman of several Committees offering advice to the UK Government on ethical and social issues related to new developments in science and technology. In 2002 he was awarded the Templeton Prize. John Polkinghorne was one of the founders of the Society of Ordained Scientists and was the Founding President of the International Society for Science and Religion.

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