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Faraday Advisory Board

The Advisory Board reviews the activities of the Institute, providing external expertise and resources for the assessment and development of new projects.

The current Chairperson is Prof. J.S.Hill Gaston

R.J. Berry (deceased)

Prof. R.J. Berry (deceased)


1934-2018 Professor R. J. (Robert James) Berry was born on 26 October 1934 to Albert Edward James and Nellie (nee Hodgson)


Professor R. J. (Robert James) Berry was born on 26 October 1934 to Albert Edward James and Nellie (nee Hodgson) Berry. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Caius College, Cambridge where he progressed to M.A. He earned his Ph.D. and his Doctorate of Science from University College London in 1976. From 1978 until his retirement in 2000, he served as Lecturer, Reader and finally Professor in Genetics at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine.

His many professional memberships include the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (1990 - 1996), the Natural Environment Research Council (1981-1987), the Council of the Zoological Society of London (1986-1990), the British Ecological Society (1993-1995), and Christians in Science (1968-1988, 1993-1995). In 1981 Professor Berry was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Of Professor Berry's many publications, the following are those most relevant to natural theology: Adam and the Ape: A Christian Approach to the Theory of Evolution (1975) Neo-Darwinism (1982)  Real Science, Real Faith (as editor; 1991)God and the Biologist;(as editor; 1996);God's Book of Works; The Nature and Theology of Nature (2003).

Professor Berry's work within the General Synod of the Church of England also led to the following collaborative works: Church of England, Board for Social Responsibility, Our Responsibility for the Living Environment: A Report of the General Synod Board for Social Responsibility Gs718 (1986);Christians and the Environment (1991); and Personal Origins: The Report of a Working Party on Human Fertilisation and Embryology (1996).


Multimedia resources

Evolution and Theology: Are They Connected?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
God - Incompetent, Impotent, Interfering or What?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Hasok Chang

Prof. Hasok Chang


Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Previously he taught

Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Previously he taught for 15 years at University College London, after receiving his PhD in Philosophy at Stanford University following an undergraduate degree at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism (Springer, 2012), winner of the 2013 Fernando Gil International Prize, and Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress (Oxford University Press, 2004), joint winner of the 2006 Lakatos Award. He is also co-editor (with Catherine Jackson) of An Element of Controversy: The Life of Chlorine in Science, Medicine, Technology and War (British Society for the History of Science, 2007), a collection of original work by undergraduate students at University College London. He is a co-founder of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), and the International Committee for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science. He has recently been the President of the British Society for this History of Science.

Multimedia resources

How Science Learns about Unobservable Entities      
Sarah Coakley

Prof. Sarah Coakley


Prof. Sarah Coakley is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, and a Fellow of Murray-Edwards College, at the University of Cambridge.

Prof. Sarah Coakley is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, and a Fellow of Murray-Edwards College, at the University of Cambridge. She originally studied at Cambridge and Harvard, before taking a lectureship in Religious Studies at the University of Lancaster (1976-1991). She later became a university lecturer in Theology at Oxford, as well as a Tutorial Fellow of Oriel College (1991 - 1993). In 1993 she was made a tenured Professor of Christian Theology at Harvard Divinity School, and was promoted in 1995 to the Mallinckrodt Professorship (also at Harvard). She was appointed to her current chair at Cambridge  in 2007.

A philosophical and systematic theologian, Sarah Coakley became increasingly involved in interdisciplinary work whist at Harvard, and conducted collaborative research projects in medicine and religion (with Prof Arthur Kleinman), and in theology and evolutionary theory (with Prof Martin A. Nowak).  The work with Nowak garnered a $2 million 3-year research grant from the Templeton Foundation, and will issue you in a jointly edited book:  Evolution, Games and God:  The Principle of Cooperation (Harvard UP, forthcoming, 2009).

Sarah Coakley’s other publications include:  Christ Without Absolutes:  A Study of the Christology of Ernst Troeltsch (OUP, 1988); (ed.) Religion and the Body (CUP, 1997); Powers and Submissions (Blackwell, 2001); (co-ed), Pain and Its Transformations :  The Interface of Biology and Culture (2007), and (eds.) Re-Thinking Gregory of Nyssa and Re-Thinking Dionysius the Areopagite (both Blackwell, 2001 and 2009).  She is at work on a 4-volumed systematic theology, the first volume of which was published in 2010 as God, Sexuality and the Self:  An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ (CUP).

Multimedia resources

God, Providence, and the Evolutionary Phenomenon of Cooperation PDF MP3Video (download) 
God, Providence and the Evolutionary Phenomenon of Cooperation - Discussion PDF    
Evolution, Cooperation and God   MP3  
Geoffrey Cook

Revd Dr Geoffrey Cook


The Revd Dr Geoffrey Cook, former Vice-Master of St. Edmund's College, was previously a member of the Scientific Staff of

The Revd Dr Geoffrey Cook, former Vice-Master of St. Edmund's College, was previously a member of the Scientific Staff of the Medical Research Council from 1986-2004, heading a research team in developmental neurobiology in the Department of Anatomy, Cambridge University from 1979-2004. Dr Cook was the first to describe the presence of sugars on the external surfaces of cell membranes, a completely novel concept at the time of this discovery, leading to a ground-breaking series of three first-author papers in Nature within the space of two years [Nature 188, 1011-1012, 1960; Nature 191, 44-47, 1961; Cook, G. M. Nature 195, 159-161, 1962]. Dr Cook remains an Affiliated Lecturer in the University of Cambridge.

Dr Cook was ordained deacon in the Catholic Church in 1978; is a member of the Society for Ordained Scientists; Chairman of the Ecumenical Commission (from 2005 Commission for Dialogue and Unity), Diocese of East Anglia; Member of the Standing Committee, former Chairman of Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council; former Member of the Committee for Christian Unity, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales; Governor of Ipswich School, Ipswich, Suffolk; and LEA Governor (and Vice-Chairman 2003 - to date) of St Bede's Interchurch Comprehensive School, Cambridge.

Recent Publications

  • Kuan, K. C-Y, Tannahill, D, Cook, G.M.W. & Keynes, R.J. (2004) Somite polarity and segmental patterning of the peripheral nervous system. Mech. Development 121,1055-1068.
  • Vermeren, M.M., Cook, G.M.W., Johnson, A.R., Keynes, R.J. & Tannahill, D. (2000) Spinal nerve segmentation in the chick embryo: analysis of distinct axon-repulsive systems. Developmental Biology 225, 241- 252.
  • Keynes, R.J., Tannahill, D., Morgenstein, D.A., Johnson, A.R., Cook, G.M.W. & Pini, A. (1997) A surround repulsion of spinal sensory sensory axons in higher vertebrate embryos. Neuron 18, 889-897.
  • Keynes, R.J. & Cook, G.M.W. (1996) Axon guidance molecules. Cell 83,161-169.
  • Cook, G.M.W. (1995) Glycobiology of the cell surface: The emergence of sugars as an important feature of the cell periphery. Glycobiology, 5, 449-458.

Russell Cowburn FRS

Prof. Russell Cowburn FRS FRS


Russell Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and

Russell Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics.  Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he held positions at the CNRS Paris, University of Durham and Imperial College London.  He is now the Director of Research for the Department of Physics, the founder of two start-up companies and the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting technology ‘Laser Surface Authentication’.  He has had over 60 patents granted and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences.  He is the winner of the GSK Westminster Medal and Prize, the Degussa Science to Business Award, the Hermes International Technology Award and the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal and Prize.  In 2009 his research was recognised by the European Union by the award of a 2.8 million Euros ERC Advanced Investigator Grant, given only to the highest level of international research.  Professor Cowburn was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010.

Research Interests

His research group is currently involved in a number of research projects in the areas of nanoscale magnetism and spintronics. Applications of these basic research projects include low energy computer chips, ultrahigh density 3-dimensional data storage and healthcare devices. His philosophy of research is to span a spectrum from applied physics through technology to commercialisation.



Key Publications

“Three dimensional magnetic nanowires grown by focused electron-beam induced deposition”, Scientific Reports 3, 1492 (2013)

“Magnetic ratchet for three-dimensional spintronic memory and logic”, Nature 493, 697 (2013)

"Near-field interaction between domain walls in adjacent permalloy nanowires", Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 077206 (2009)

"Measuring domain wall fidelity lengths using a chirality filter", Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 057209 (2009)

"High efficiency domain wall gate in ferromagnetic nanowires", Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 163108 (2008)

"Fingerprinting' documents and packaging", Nature 436, 475 (2005)

"Magnetic domain wall logic", Science 309, 1688-1692 (2005)

"Domain wall propagation in magnetic nanowires by spin polarized current injection", Europhysics Letters 65, 526 (2004)

"Magnetic domain wall dynamics in a submicrometre ferromagnetic structure", Nature Materials 2, 85-87 (2003)

"Submicrometer ferromagnetic NOT gate and shift register", Science 296, 2003-2006 (2002)

"Room temperature magnetic quantum cellular automata", Science 287, 1466-1468 (2000)

"Single domain circular nanomagnets", Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 1042-1045 (1999)



Multimedia resources

Nanotechnology, Ethics and Religion   MP3Video (download) 
Nanotechnology, Ethics and Religion   MP3  
The God of Small Things: Nanotechnology, Creation and God   MP3  
The God of Small Things: Nanotechnology, Creation and God PDF    
Why does matter matter to God?      
Perfection and Randomness: Lessons from Nanotechnology      
Andrew Davison

Revd Dr Andrew Davison


Andrew Davison is the Starbridge Lecturer in Theology

Andrew Davison is the Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences in the Faculty of Divinity, and Fellow in Theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Previously, he was tutor in doctrine at Westcott House, Cambridge (2010-14) and before that tutor in doctrine at St Stephen's House, Oxford and junior chaplain of Merton College (2006-10). He read chemistry at Merton in the 1990s, followed by a DPhil in biochemistry. He read theology and religious studies at Corpus Christi and subsequently completed a PhD in philosophical theology with Dr Catherine Pickstock in the faculty. He is a priest of the Church of England and served a curacy in South East London.

Andrew is author of serval books, most recently Care for the Dying (Canterbury Press, 2014 - with the physician Sioned Evans), The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians (SCM, 2013) and Why Sacraments? (SPCK, 2013)

Multimedia resources

Science and religion: what are the issues?      
Mary Fowler

Prof. Mary Fowler FRAS, FGS


Mary Fowler is the Master of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. She was previously Professor of Geophysics and Dean of the

Mary Fowler is the Master of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. She was previously Professor of Geophysics and Dean of the Science Faculty at Royal Holloway, University of London. She studied Mathematics and Geophysics at Cambridge (undergraduate at Girton College and postgraduate at Darwin College) after which she held a Royal Society European Fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and spent a decade at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. She moved to Royal Holloway from Canada in 1992.

Her academic responsibilities have included former Chair of CHUGD (Committee of Heads of University Geoscience Departments), Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society and Council of The Geological Society. In addition to work for many funding bodies she served on the Higher Education Funding Council for England research assessment panels in 2001 and 2008 and is currently Deputy Chair of the 'Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences' sub-panel for REF2014. She has been a member of the Board of the School of Cosmic Physics of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies since 2006 and from 2012 the British Geological Survey Advisory Committee.

She was awarded the Prestwich Medal of the Geological Society for her book The Solid Earth: an Introduction to Global Geophysics (published by Cambridge University Press and now in its 2nd edition). The Solid Earth is the dominant text worldwide for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and is widely used as a standard reference for researchers.

J.S.Hill Gaston

Prof. J.S.Hill Gaston


Prof. Hill Gaston read medicine at Lincoln College, Oxford and undertook general medical training in London and Bristol. Research training

Prof. Hill Gaston read medicine at Lincoln College, Oxford and undertook general medical training in London and Bristol. Research training began in Bristol as a Cancer Research Campaign Fellow, and postdoctoral training at Stanford with a Medical Research Council travelling fellowship. He returned to the UK to the Department of Rheumatology in Birmingham where he was Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and honorary consultant, before moving to Cambridge as the foundation Professor of Rheumatology. He is director of studies in Clinical Medicine at St. Edmund’s College, and takes an active role in research and education in rheumatology and immunology through the British Society for Rheumatology and the Arthritis Research Campaign

His research interests are in immunological mechanisms in rheumatic disease, and interactions between infection and the immune system. Prof. Gaston has an active research team of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, working in cellular immunology, particularly T cell cloning (see Prof Gaston is married to a local G.P. and has two children; leisure interests include music (listening, not making), reading (biographies), and travel. He is an active member and past churchwarden of a local Anglican church, Holy Trinity, Cambridge.

Recent Publications

  • Jarvis, L.B., Matyzak, M.K., Duggleby, R.D., Goodall, J.C., Hall, F. C., and Gaston, J.S.H. Autoreactive human peripheral blood CD8+ T cells with a regulatory phenotype and function. Eur. J. Immunol. 35:2896-2908 (2005).
  • Goodall, J.C., Ellis, L. and Gaston, J.S.H.. Spondyloarthritis-associated and non-spondyloarthritis associated B27 subtypes differ in their dependence upon tapasin for surface expression and their incorporation into the peptide loading complex. Arthritis and Rheumatism. In press. (2005)
  • Matyszak, M.K. and Gaston, J.S.H. Chlamydia trachomatis-specific human CD8+ T cells show two patterns of antigen recognition. Infect. Immun. 72(8): 4357-67 (2004).
  • Lillicrap, M.S., Duggleby, R.C., Gaston, J.S.H. and Goodall. J.C. T cell recognition of a highly conserved epitope in heat shock protein 60: self tolerance maintained by distinguishing between asparagine and aspartic acid. International Immunology 16:405-414 (2004).
  • Cox, C.J., Kempsell, K.E. and Gaston, J.S.H. Investigation of infectious agents associated with arthritis by RT-PCR of bacterial rRNA. Arthritis Research and Therapy 5:R1-8.(2003).
  • Gaston, J.S.H. Reactive arthritis and enteropathic arthropathy. Chapter in Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology, 3rd edition, eds. D.A. Isenberg, P. Maddison, P. Woo, D. Glass, and F. Breedveld. Oxford University Press , Pp779-786 (2004).
  • Gaston, J.S.H. Reactive arthritis. Chapter in Oxford textbook of Medicine, 4th edition, eds. D.A. Warrell. T.M. Cox, Firth, J.D. and Benz, Jr, E.J, Oxford University Press. vol. 3 pp 57-61 (2004).
  • Gaston, J.S.H. Cellular Immunity in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Chapter in Rheumatology, 3rd edition, eds. M.C. Hochberg, A.J. Silman, J.S. Smolen, M.E. Weinblatt, M.H. Weisman, Mosby-Harcourt. Pp 843-850 (2003).

Brian Heap

Prof. Sir Brian Heap FRS


Professor Sir Brian Heap is Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of Nottingham, and

Professor Sir Brian Heap is Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of Nottingham, and Project Leader, Biosciences for farming in Africa.  He was Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.  As a biological scientist he published extensively on endocrine physiology, reproductive biology and biotechnology, and was Director of Research at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Babraham, Cambridge and Roslin, Edinburgh) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.  Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, he held posts as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President, and editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B.  He was President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, President of the Institute of Biology, and President of the International Society of Science and Religion.  He was UK Representative on the European Science Foundation and the NATO Science Committee.  With the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Department of Health's Expert Group on Cloning, the EU President's Advisory Group on Biotechnology, and Parliamentary Select Committee he has been engaged in public issues of biotechnology, population growth, sustainability and science policy working with the World Health Organisation, the UK-China Forum and the European Commission.  He was scientific consultant for several international pharmaceutical companies.

Recent science-religion interests/publications

  • HEAP R B (2001) Cloning: can we play God? In Genetic Engineering: Christ and the Cosmos Series XV pp.113-123 ed. Brenda Beamond
  • HEAP BRIAN (2004) Pastoral implications of the new genetics. Partner and Paternoster, Carlisle, Cumbria
  • HEAP, BRIAN & COMIM, FLAVIO (2005) Consumption and Happiness: Christian values and an approach towards Christianity Annual Conference on Sustainability, London

Selected recent publications

  • HEAP R B (2004)  Man and the future environment European Review 12 273-292

  • HEAP, BRIAN & COMIM, FLAVIO (2006)  Ethical demands and economic decisions  In: In Search of Common Values in the European Research Area  ed: Pieter J D Drenth, Ludger Honnefelder, Johannes J F Schroots and Beat Sitter-Liver  ALLEA Report Series 4 pp 61-78 Amsterdam

  • HEAP R B (2006) NATO’s Science for Peace Programme  Science and Society in the Face of the New Security Threats pp.3-6, ed M Sharpe and A Agboluaje IOS Press Washington

  • HEAP R B (2006)  Creating a sustainable future In: Human Nature pp.300-317 ed Malcolm Jeeves, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • HEAP R B  (2007)  Higher education, scientific research and social change  In: Higher Education and National Development   Universities and societies in transition pp.265-278 ed David Bridges, Palmira Juceviciene, Robert Jucevicius, Terence McLaughlin and Jolante Stankeviciute, Routledge London and New York

  • HEAP R B  (2008)  Whither universities?  In:  The University in the Market pp. 1-7 ed L Engwall and D Weaire, Portland Press London

  • HEAP R B (2009)  In Need of an Ethic and Legal Framework to Secure InternationalCooperation  pp.171-174 In: The Role of Law and Ethics in the Globalized Economy  ed. Joseph Straus Springer Heidelberg







Multimedia resources

Consumption and Well-Being: Christian Values and Sustainability   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
A Life in Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Being a Christian in Science   MP3Video (download) 
Food Security and Modern Genetics   MP3  
Can Genetics Feed Africa?   MP3  
Colin Humphreys FRS

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys FRS FRS


Colin Humphreys is the Director of Research in the Department of Materials

Colin Humphreys is the Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge; Professor of Experimental Physics, The Royal Institution; Professorial Fellow, Selwyn College, Cambridge; past-President, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; Director, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre on Advanced Materials, Cambridge; and Director of the Cambridge Aixtron Centre for Gallium Nitride. Prof. Humphreys has received numerous honours and awards, most recently the Kelvin Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics (1999); award of an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Leicester (2001); the European Materials Gold Medal, Federation of European Materials Societies (2001); and the Robert Franklin Mehl Gold Medal, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, USA (2003). Prof. Humphreys is also very involved in the public understanding of science, having served as Selby Fellow, Australian Academy of Science (1997); as Fellow in the Public Understanding of Physics, Institute of Physics (1997-99); and as President of the Physics Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1998-99).

He publishes and lectures extensively in the field of science and religion, and has a particular interest in the application of scientific knowledge to the understanding of the historicity of the Biblical text.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem - A Comet in 5 BC - and the date of the birth of Christ" Q.Jl. R. Astr. Soc., 32, 1991, 389-407.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem - A Comet in 5 BC - and the date of Christ's birth". Tyndale Bulletin, 43, 1992, 32-56
  • Humphreys, C.J. and Waddington, W.G. - "The Jewish Calendar, a lunar eclipse and the date of Christ's Crucifixion", Tyndale Bulletin, 43, 1992, 331-351.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem", Science & Christian Belief, 1993, 5, 83-101.
  • Humphreys, C.J. and White R.J. - "The eruption of Santorini and the date and historicity of Joseph". Science and Christian Belief, 7, 1995, 151-162
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The number of people in the Exodus from Egypt: decoding mathematically the very large numbers in Numbers I and XXVI", Vestus Tesatmentum XLVIII, 1998, 196-213.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "How Many People Were in the Exodus from Egypt?" Science & Christian Belief, 2000, 12, 17-34
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The numbers in the Exodus from Egypt: a further appraisal". Vetus Testamentum, 50, 2000, 323-328.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "How many thousands did Moses pilot across the Red Sea?" Manna, 69, 2000, 20-21.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Miracles of Exodus - A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes Underlying the Biblical Stories", 362 pages, Harper San Francisco, USA, and Continuum, UK, 2003, hardback and 2004 paperback..
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus", 244 pages, Cambridge University Press, UK 2011.

Selected recent science publications

  • Graham, D.M., Soltani-Vala, S., Dawson, P., Godfrey, M.J., Smeeton, T.M., Barnard, J.S., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J., and Thrush, E.J. ‘Optical and microstructural studies of InGaN/GaN single quantum well structures’ J.Appl.Phys. 97, 2005, 103508
  • Martinez C E, Stanton N M, Kent A J, Graham D M, Dawson P, Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. ‘Determination of relative internal quantum efficiency in InGaN/GaN quantum wells’ J. Appl. Phy. 98, 053509 (2005)
  • Ofori, A.P., Rossouw, C.J., and Humphreys, C.J Determining the site occupancy of Ru in the L12 phase of a Ni-base superalloy using ALCHEMI’ Acta Materialia, 53, 2005, 97-110
  • Oliver, R. A., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. and Briggs, G.A.D, ‘Growth modes in heteroepitaxy of InGaN on GaN’ J. Appl. Phys. 97, 2005, 013707
  • Robinson, J.W., Rice, J.H., Lee, K.H., Na, J.H., Taylor, R.A., Hasko, D.G., Oliver, R.A., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. and Briggs, G.A.D. ‘Quantum-confined Stark effect in a single InGaN quantum dot under a lateral electric field’ Appl. Phys. Lett, 86, 2005, 213104
  • Vickers, M.E., Kappers, M.J., Datta, R., McAleese, C., Rayment, F.D.R. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘In-plane imperfections in GaN studied by X-ray diffraction’ J. Phys. D. Appl. Phys., 38, 2005, A99-A104
  • Campbell, L.C., Wilkinson, M.J., Manz, A., Camilleri, P. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘Electrophoretic manipulation of single DNA molecules in nanofabricated capillaries’ Lab Chip, 4, 2004, 225-229
  • Kaestner ,B., Schönjahn, C. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘Mapping the potential within a nanometre undoped GaAs region using a scanning electron microscope’ Appl.Phys.Lett., 84, 2004, 2109-2111
  • Rice, J.H., Robinson, J.W., Jarjour, A., Taylor, R.A., Oliver, R.A., Briggs, G.A.D., Kappers, M.J. and Humphreys, C.J ‘Temporal variation in photoluminescence from single InGaN quantum dots’ Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 2004, 4110-4112
  • Taylor, R.A., Robinson, J.W., Rice, J.H., Jarjour A., Smith, J.D., Oliver, R.A., Briggs, G.A.D., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J., and Arakawa, Y. ‘Dynamics of single InGaN quantum dots’ Physica E, 21, 2004, 285-289

Multimedia resources

Can Scientists Believe in Miracles?HTMLPDF MP3  
Can Scientists Believe in Miracles? - DiscussionHTMLPDF MP3  
Science and Miracles   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Astronomy and the date of the Crucifixion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Science and the question of miracles   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Science and the dating of the Easter week events   MP3  
Science and the Star of Bethlehem   MP3Video (download) 
Science and the Reliability of the Bible      
Dating Biblical Events Using Science      
Harvey T. McMahon FRS

Dr Harvey T. McMahon FRS FRS


Harvey McMahon conducts a highly creative research programme

Harvey McMahon conducts a highly creative research programme centred on molecular mechanisms underlying endocytosis. He has discovered different lipid-bending and curvature-sensing mechanisms, and established their generality in facilitating vesicle trafficking between different cellular compartments. The strength of his work is two-fold: first, by undertaking electron microscopic and X-ray diffraction studies, he has been able to formulate novel hypotheses regarding protein function; and second, he has developed imaginative biochemical and cell-free assays to test these structure–function predictions. His research is ground-breaking, having a profound influence on current concepts of molecular processes fundamental to all cells. He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2008

Multimedia resources

Is Teleology still a Useful Concept in Biology?   MP3  
Mind-brain and freewill      
The Brain, Free Will and Determinism      
John Polkinghorne

Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS


The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne worked in theoretical elementary particle physics for 25 years and was Professor of Mathematical Physics

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, including his Gifford Lectures, Science and Christian Belief (in the USA, The Faith of a Physicist), his Terry Lectures, Belief in God in an Age of Science, and more recently, The God of Hope and the End of the World. In 1996 he retired from being President of Queens' College, Cambridge, and he was knighted in 1997. He has Hon DDs from the Universities of Kent (1994) and Durham (1999) and Hon DScs from the Universities of Exeter (1994) Leicester (1995) and Marquette (2003). He is an Hon Fellow of St Chad's College, Durham (1999) and of St Edmund's College, Cambridge (2002). In the United Kingdom, Polkinghorne has been the Chairman of several Committees offering advice to Government on ethical and social issues related to new developments in science and technology, for example Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (1996-1999). 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 (2002-2004).

Recent selected publications on science and religion

  • Science and Providence (SPCK, 1989) - re-published by Templeton Foundation Press 2005.
  • Reason and Reality (SPCK, 1991)
  • Science and Christian Belief (SPCK, 1994) In the US - The Faith of a Physicist (Princeton University Press, 1994)
  • Quarks, Chaos and Christianity (Triangle, 1994)
  • Beyond Science (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
  • Belief in God in an Age of Science (Yale University Press, 1998)
  • Science & Theology (SPCK, 1998)
  • Traffic in Truth - Exchanges between Theology and Science (Canterbury Press 2000; Fortress, 2002)
  • Faith, Science, and Understanding (SPCK/Yale University Press, 2000)
  • The God of Hope and the End of the World (SPCK/Yale University Press 2002)
  • Science and the Trinity (SPCK/Yale University Press 2004)
  • Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science & Religion (SPCK/Yale University Press 2005).

Recent selected scientific publications

  • The Quantum World (Longman 1984; Princeton University Press, 1985; Pelican Books, 1986; Penguin Books, 1990; Czech, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese translations).
  • Quantum Theory - a very short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002; Arabic, Czech, Dutch, German and Serbocroat translations)

Multimedia resources

How does God interact with the World?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Has Science made Religion redundant?HTML     
Has Science made Religion Redundant? DiscussionHTML     
Natural Theology   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Divine Action   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Creation, Evil and Time   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Universe in a Trinitarian Perspective   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Anthropic Principle   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Models for Relating Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Why is Physics Possible?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Quantum Theory, Critical Realism and Religious Belief   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Future of the Science-Religion Debate   MP3Video (download) 
Can a Scientist Pray?   MP3Video (download) 
Critical Realism in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download) 
Meta-Stories of Fine-Tuning   MP3Video (download) 
The Interaction between Science and Theology   MP3Video (download) 
Theology in a Scientific Context   MP3Video (download) 
The Anthropic Principle   MP3  
Theology and Physics   MP3  
An Introduction to the Science and Religion Dialogue   MP3Video (download) 
Final Theological Reflections   MP3Video (download) 
A Destiny Beyond Death?   MP3Video (download) 
Being a Christian in science - Lessons from a Long Journey   MP3  
Eric Priest

Prof. Eric Priest FRS


Eric Priest has been a professor of Theoretical Solar Physics in the Mathematics Department at the University of St Andrews

Eric Priest has been a professor of Theoretical Solar Physics in the Mathematics Department at the University of St Andrews since 1983. He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1985), the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters (1994) and the Royal Society (2002). He is currently Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society and has been awarded the James Arthur Prize (Harvard), the Hale Prize (American Astronomical Society), the Rosseland Lectureship (Oslo) and the Robinson Medal.

As an applied mathematician, his research interests involve constructing mathematical models for the subtle and complex ways in which magnetic fields interact with plasmas in the atmosphere of the Sun and in more exotic cosmic objects. In particular, he is trying to understand how the corona of the Sun is heated to several million degrees and how magnetic energy is converted into other forms in solar flares.

In the area of science and religion, he is aware of the importance of trying in small ways to encourage dialogue and understanding between islam and christianity and recently spoke on science and culture to 850 schoolchildren in Alexandria, Egypt. He has also preached in St Andrews on the tensions between christianity and science and spoke on “Creativity in Science” at a conference on Creativity and the Imagination.

He is active in the local anglican church and enjoys hill-walking, bridge, singing in a couple of choirs and spending time with his wife Clare and four children.

Recent Selected Publications

  • Priest, E.R. (2006) ‘Our enigmatic Sun’, Recent Advances in Astronomy and Astrophysics (ed N. Solomos) American Institute of Physics, Melville USA.
  • Priest, E.R. (2006) ‘Creativity in science’, Proc. Conf. on Creativity and Imagination (ed. T Hart)
  • Priest, E.R. and Forbes, T.G. (2002) ‘The magnetic nature of solar flares’, Astron. and Astrophys. Rev. 10, 313-377
  • Priest, E.R., Heyvaerts, J.F. and Title, A.M. (2002) ‘A Flux Tube Tectonics Model for solar coronal heating driven by the magnetic carpet’, Astrophys. J., 576, 533-551
  • Priest, E.R. and Forbes, T.G. (2000) Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Priest, E.R. (1982) Solar Magnetohydrodynamics, D Reidel, Holland

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Michael Reiss

Prof. Michael Reiss


Revd Professor Michael J Reiss FSB, FAcSS  Biography  Michael Reiss is Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, Honorary Visiting

Revd Professor Michael J Reiss FSB, FAcSS


 Michael Reiss is Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, Honorary Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds and York and the Royal Veterinary College, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and of the College of Teachers, Docent at the University of Helsinki, Director of the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Project, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Priest in the Church of England.

 Professor Reiss is interested in ways of improving understanding about science. Current research interests include work to increase the number of students choosing to study science and mathematics post-16 and how science teachers should deal with the rise of creationism. He is President of the International Society for Science and Religion and of the International Association for Science and Religion in Schools and writes on the interface of science education and theology. For further information see


Recent Selected Publications in Science Education


Boulter, C. J., Reiss, M. J. & Sanders, D. L. (Eds) (2015) Darwin-Inspired Learning, Sense, Rotterdam.

Mujtaba, T. & Reiss, M.J. (2014) A survey of psychological, motivational, family and perceptions of physics education factors that explain 15 year-old students’ aspirations to study post-compulsory physics in English schools. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 12, 371-393.

Reiss, M.J. & White, J. (2013) An Aims-based Curriculum: The Significance of Human Flourishing for Schools, IOE Press, London.

Mujtaba, T. & Reiss, M.J. (2013) Factors that lead to the positive and negative stress in teachers of mathematics and science. Oxford Review of Education, 39, 627-648.

Mujtaba, T. & Reiss, M.J. (2013) What sort of girl wants to study physics after the age of 16? Findings from a large-scale UK survey. International Journal of Science Education, 35, 2979-2998.

Abrahams, I., Reiss, M.J. & Sharpe, R.M. (2013) The assessment of practical work in school science. Studies in Science Education, 49, 209-251.

Rodd, M., Reiss, M. & Mujtaba, T. (2013) Undergraduates talk about their choice to study physics at university: what was key to their participation? Research in Science & Technological Education, 31, 153-167.

Abrahams, I. & Reiss, M.J. (2012) Practical work: its effectiveness in primary and secondary schools in England. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49, 1035-1055.

Amos, R. & Reiss, M.J. (2012) The benefits of residential fieldwork for school science: insights from a five-year initiative for inner-city students in the UK. International Journal of Science Education, 34, 485-511.

Reiss, M.J. & Tunnicliffe, S.D. (2011) Dioramas as depictions of reality and opportunities for learning in biology. Curator, 54, 447-459.

Collins, S., Reiss, M. & Stobart, G. (2010) What happens when high-stakes testing stops? Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of compulsory national testing in science of 11 year olds in England and its abolition in Wales. Assessment in Education, 17, 273-286.

Jones, A., McKim, A. & Reiss, M. (Eds) (2010) Ethics in the Science and Technology Classroom: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning, Sense, Rotterdam.

Caccavale, E. & Reiss, M. (2008) Miracles, monsters and disturbances. In: Creative Encounters: New Conversations in Science, Education and the Arts, Levinson, R., Nicholson, H. & Parry, S. (Eds), Wellcome Trust, London, pp. 48-63.



Recent Selected Publications in Science and Religion


Reiss, M.J. (2014) What significance does Christianity have for science education? In: Handbook of Historical and Philosophical Research in Science Education, Matthews, M. R. (Ed.), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 1637-1662.

Chapman, J., McNamara, S., Reiss, M.J. & Waghid, Y. (Eds) (2014) International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in Faith-based Schools, Springer, Dordrecht.

Reiss, M.J. (2013) Religion in science education. In: Science Education for Diversity: Theory and Practice, Mansour, N. & Wegerif, R. (Eds), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 317-328.

Reiss, M.J. (2012) What should be the role of religion in science education and bioethics? In: Sacred Science? On science and its interrelations with religious worldviews, Øyen, S.A., Lund-Olsen, T. & Vaage, N.S. (Eds), Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, pp. 127-139.

Reiss, M.J. (2011) How should creationism and intelligent design be dealt with in the classroom? Journal of Philosophy of Education, 45, 399-415.

Reiss, M.J. (2009) Imagining the world: the significance of religious worldviews for science education. Science & Education, 18, 783-796. Reprinted in Matthews, M.R. (Ed.) (2009) Science, Worldviews and Education, Springer, New York, pp. 135-148.

Reiss, M.J. (2009) The relationship between evolutionary biology and religion. Evolution, 63, 1934-1941.

Reiss, M.J. (2008) Should science educators deal with the science/religion issue? Studies in Science Education, 44, 157-186.

Reiss, M.J. (2008) Teaching evolution in a creationist environment: an approach based on worldviews, not misconceptions. School Science Review, 90(331), 49-56.

Jones, L. & Reiss, M.J. (Eds) (2007) Teaching about Scientific Origins: Taking Account of Creationism, Peter Lang, New York.


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Meric Srokosz

Prof Meric Srokosz


Meric Srokosz is professor of physical oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton ( and a former Associate Director

Meric Srokosz is professor of physical oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton ( and a former Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (2012-2015). He obtained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Bristol University in 1980 on theoretical modelling of wave power devices. He subsequently worked at the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, studying breaking waves. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he spent some time with the British National Space Centre, working on remote sensing of the oceans. Since 1997 he has been based at NOC in Southampton and works on biological-physical interactions in the upper ocean (observations and modelling), remote sensing of the oceans, and waves. He has a particular interest in the Agulhas and Madagascar current system. In 2001 he became the Science Coordinator for the NERC Rapid Climate Change programme (, which focuses on studying the role of the North Atlantic in possible future rapid changes in the climate. In 2005 he gained a B.A. in theology.

Meric Srokosz is a member and trustee of Christians in Science (CiS), and a member of the committee of the local CiS group based in Southampton.

Recent selected science publications

  • Guirey E., Bees M., Martin A.P. and Srokosz M.A. 2010 Persistence of cluster synchronisation under the influence of advection, Phys. Rev. E., 81, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.051902.
  • Pidcock R., Srokosz M., Allen J., Hartman M., Painter S., Mowlem M., Hydes D. and Martin A. 2010 A Novel Integration of an Ultra-Violet Nitrate Sensor On-Board A Towed Vehicle for Mapping Open Ocean Submesoscale Nitrate Variability, J. Atmos. Oceanic. Tech., 27, 1410-1416.
  • Pascal R.W., Yelland M.J., Srokosz M.A., Moat B.I., Waugh E.M., Comben D.H., Cansdale A.G., Hartman M.C., Coles D.G.H., Huseh P.C. and Leighton T.G. 2011 A spar buoy for high frequency measurements and detection of wave breaking in the open ocean, J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 28, 590-605.
  • Good P., Caesar J., Bernie D., Lowe J.A., van der Linden P., Gosling S.N., Warren R., Arnell N.W., Smith S., Bamber J., Payne T., Laxon S., Srokosz M., Sitch S., Gedney N., Harris G., Hewitt H., Jackson L., Jones C.D., O’Connor F., Ridley J., Vellinga M., Halloran P., McNeall D. 2011 A review of recent developments in climate change science. Part I: understanding of future change in the large-scale climate system, Prog. Physical Geog., 35, 281-296.
  • Harmon N., Henstock T., Srokosz M., Tilmann F., Rietbrock A. and Barton P. 2012 Infragravity wave source regions determined from ambient noise correlations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L04604, doi:10.1029/2011GL050414.
  • Srokosz M., Barringer M., Bryden H., Cunningham S., Delworth T., Lozier S., Marotzke J. & Sutton R. 2012 Past, present and future change in the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 93, 1663-1676.
  • Srokosz M. & Quartly G. 2013 The Madagascar Bloom: a serendipitous study, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 14-25.
  • Tzortzi E., Josey S.A., Srokosz M. & Gommenginger C. 2013 Tropical Atlantic salinity variability: new insights from SMOS, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 2143-2147.
  • Robinson J., Popova E.E., Yool A., Srokosz M., Lampitt R.S. & Blundell J.R. 2014 How deep is deep enough? Ocean iron fertilisation and carbon sequestration in the Southern Ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 2489-2495, doi: 0.1002/2013GL058799 .
  • Hill J., Popova E.E., Ham D.A., Piggott M.D. & Srokosz M.A. 2014 Adapting to life: ocean biogeochemical modelling and adaptive remeshing, Ocean Sci., 10, 323-343.

Science and religion publications

  • Srokosz M.A. 2008 'God's story and the Earth's story: grounding our concern for the environment in the biblical metanarrative' Science and Christian Belief, 20, 163-174.
  • Srokosz M.A. 2013 'Humility: a neglected scientific virtue?' Science and Christian Belief, 25, 101-112.
  • Srokosz M. 2014 Geo-engineering or planet hacking? Perspec. Sci. Christian Faith, 66, 213-220.

Multimedia resources

Oceans, Climate Change and Christianity: The Earth's Story and God's Story   MP3  
Alan Torrance

Prof. Alan Torrance


Professor Torrance has held the chair of systematic theology in the University of St Andrews. Earlier in his career he

Professor Torrance has held the chair of systematic theology in the University of St Andrews. Earlier in his career he taught in universities in Germany and Scotland before being appointed to a chair in New Zealand. In 1993, he was appointed Director of the Research Institute in Systematic Theology, King’s College London and in 1998-9, he held a Senior Research Fellowship in the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He was appointed to his present position in 1999.

His publications include a monograph, Persons in Communion, several edited and co-edited volumes and numerous articles in the fields of Christian doctrine and philosophical theology – most recently, on the relationship between theological anthropology and developments in the neurosciences and on the interface between Christian dogmatics, ethics and politics. In 1994 a Festschrift was published in his honour and in 1997, he was invited to give the Hensley Henson Lectures in the University of Oxford. In addition, he has given several series of endowed lectures in the USA as well as lecturing widely in Asia and Australasia. Over recent years he has been a member of four USA-funded research projects working on such diverse topics as faith and reason, brain-mind issues, forgiveness and politics, and theology and the built environment. Last year, he was awarded (jointly with Professor Eric Priest, the solar physicist and mathematician), £68,000 to launch the Gregory Lectures on Religion and Science.

A keen musician, he has played violin professionally with the Scottish Baroque Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and now plays chamber music with his four sons. In January, this year, he lost his wife to cancer after 25 years of marriage. He is ordained in the Church of Scotland. When time allows, he enjoys kayaking, fishing and mountain-biking with his family.

Multimedia resources

Developments in Neuroscience and Human Freedom: Some Theological and Philosophical Perspectives   MP3Video (download) 
Roger Trigg

Prof. Roger Trigg


Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick , Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey

Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick , Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford, and a member of the Faculties of Philosophy and of Theology and Religion at Oxford. With Justin Barrett he is Editor of 'The Roots of Religion: Exploring the Cognitive Science of Religion' (Routledge 2014), one outcome of a large interdisciplinary research project at Oxford of which he was co-Director.
The Founding President of the British Society for Philosophy of Religion, he was also (2008-10) the President of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion. The author of many books on Philosophy , particularly the Philosophy of Science and the Philosophy of Religion, his latest is 'Beyond Matter: Why Science Needs Metaphysics (Templeton Press, 2015)

Multimedia resources

Do Science and Religion need each other?HTMLPDF    
Do Science and Religion need each other? - DiscussionHTMLPDF    
The Rationality of Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
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Science, Faith and Postmodernism   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
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Rationality in Science and Faith   MP3  
Cognitive Science, Philosophy and Faith   MP3  
Science and Christianity: Conflict or Cooperation?      
David Wilkinson

Revd Prof David Wilkinson


David Wilkinson is currently Principal of St Johns College and

David Wilkinson is currently Principal of St Johns College and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham, England.  His background is research in theoretical astrophysics, where he gained a PhD in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.  He also holds a PhD in Systematic Theology.

His current work at the University of Durham involves the relationship of the Christian faith to contemporary culture, from science to pop culture. 

He is a regular contributor to BBC Thought for the Day.

Recent science-religion publications:

Wilkinson, D. (2006) Cosmology in New Dictionary of Apologetics, ed. Campbell-Jack, C. and McGrath, G. IVP.

Wilkinson, D. (2006) Carl Sagan in New Dictionary of Apologetics, ed. Campbell-Jack, C. and McGrath, G. IVP.

Wilkinson, D. (2008)  Creation Accounts in the Old Testament:  The Gowland Lecture in Creation and the Abrahamic Faiths, ed. N. Spurway, Cambridge Scholar’s Press, Newcastle, pp. 1-12..

Wilkinson, D. (2008)  Natural theology in contemporary cosmology in The Edge of Reason?  Science and Religion in  Modern Society, ed. Alex Bentley, London, Continuum,  pp. 186-192

Barton, S. and Wilkinson, D. (eds.) (2009) Reading Genesis After Darwin, OUP.

Wilkinson, D. (2009)  Worshipping the Creator God:  The Christian Doctrine of Creation in Darwin, Creation and the Fall ed.  R.J. Berry and T.A. Noble, Leicester, IVP, p. 15-29.

Wilkinson, D. (2010) Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe,  T&T Clark.

Wilkinson, D. (2013) Science, Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, OUP

Wilkinson, D. (2015). When I pray what does God do. Monarch

Multimedia resources

Hawking, Dawkins and the MatrixHTML     
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