Religious order: Baptist
Major prize: Dexter Award, "for outstanding contributions to the history of chemistry", American Chemical Society, 1990.
Professor Colin Russell is the founding head of the History of Science department at the Open University and is now Emeritus Professor. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and is now an Affiliated Research Scholarat the University of Cambridge. At the Open University he was chairman of one of the first undergraduate courses in science and religion in the UK, "Science & Belief from Copernicus to Darwin" in 1973, a course that recruited over 10,000 students and included extensive programming on BBC television. On science and religion he has written Cross Currents: interactions between science and faith (1985 and 1995) and The Earth, Humanity and God (the Cambridge Templeton Lectures of 1993). A chemist by profession, he has also written extensively on the history of chemistry, the latest books being Chemistry, Society and Environment: a new history of the British chemical industry (2000) and a biography of Sir Edward Frankland (1997). He is has been a member of Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Trustee for the John Ray Initiative. He has been President of both Christians in Science and the British Society for the History of Science.
Religion, Philosophy and History interests: Theology
Science and Technology interests: Chemistry, Cosmology
Saving planet earth: a Christian response,
Authentic Media, Milton Keynes
Cross-Currents: Interactions between Science and Faith,
originally Inter-Varsity Press, 1985; now available as Canadian edition, Regent College, Vancouver, 2002; Portuguese translation.
The Rise of Scientific Europe 1500-1800 (edited volume)
Co-authors: Eds: Colin A. Russell & D. C. Goodman,
Ed. and senior author: Chemistry, society and environment: a new history of the British Chemical Industry,
Royal Society of Chemistry
Michael Faraday: physics and faith,
Oxford University Press
Co-authors: Also available as authorised Arabic translation of Michael Faraday: physics and faith, Obeikan Publishers, 2004