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Revd Dr John PolkinghorneRevd Dr John Polkinghorne

Queens' College, Cambridge


Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne, KBE FRS 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 (the British National Academy of Science) 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 and Exploring Reality. In 1996 he retired from being President of Queen's College, Cambridge, and he was knighted in 1997. 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. In 2002 he was awarded the Templeton Prize.

Honoraria Titles

Major Prizes

Templeton Prize 2002

Religion, Philosophy & History Interests

Christianity-Catholicism, Christianity-Orthodoxy, Christianity-Protestantism, Ethics, History of Religion, History of Science, Theology

Science & Technology Interests

Cosmology, Mathematics, Physics




From Physicist to Priest,

SPCK 2007

Quantum Physics and Theology,

SPCK/Yale University Press + Korean translation 2007

Exploring Reality,

SPCK/Yale University Press 2005

Science and the Trinity,

SPCK/Yale University Press 2004

Living with Hope,

SPCK/Westminster John Knox 2003

Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction,

Oxford University Press 2002 + various translations

The God of Hope and the End of the World,

SPCK/Yale University Press 2002 + various translations

Ed: The Work of Love: Creation as Kenosis,

SPCK/Eerdmans 2001

Faith in the Living God,

SPCK/Fortress 2001 + various translations
Co-authors: J. Polkinghorne & Michael Welker

Faith, Science and Understanding,

SPCK/Yale University Press 2000 + Korean translation

Traffic in Truth,

Canterbury Press, 2000; Fortress 2002

The End of the World and the Ends of God (edited volume)

Trinity Press International 2000 + German translation
Co-authors: Eds: J. Polkinghorne & M. Welker

Science and Theology,

SPCK/Fortress 1998 + various translations

Belief in God in an Age of Science,

Yale University Press 1998 + various translations

Searching for Truth,

Bible Reading Fellowship, 1996; Crossroad, 1997 + Portuguese translation

Beyond Science,

Cambridge University Press 1996 + various translations

Scientists as Theologians,

SPCK 1996

Serious Talk,

Trinity Press International, 1995; SCM Press, 1996

Quarks, Chaos and Christianity,

Trianagle, 1994; Crossroad, 1996 + various translations

Science and Christian Belief,

SPCK, 1994; as The Faith of a Physicist, Princeton University Press, 1994; Fortress Press, 1996 + Russian translation

Reason and Reality,

SPCK/Trinity Press International 1991 + various translations

Rochester Roundabout,

Longman/WH Freeman 1989 + Japanese translation

Science and Providence,

SPCK/New Science Library 1989, + various translations, 2nd ed. Templeton Press, 2005

Science and Creation,

SPCK, 1988; New Science Library, 1989, + Polish translation, 2nd ed. Templeton Press, 2006