John David Barrow FRS

John David Barrow

John David Barrow is made an honorary Doctor of Science.

Professor Barrow is an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and mathematician. He is currently Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge. He is also the author of many popular science books and a successful playwright.

He obtained his first degree in mathematics from the University of Durham in 1974, before completing his doctorate in astrophysics at the University of Oxford with Dennis William Sciama. He was then a Research Lecturer at Christ Church, University of Oxford, and successively Lindemann Fellow and Miller Fellow in the astronomy and physics departments at the

University of California, Berkeley. In 1981 he joined the Astronomy Centre at the University of Sussex, eventually becoming its director in 1995. In 1999, he became Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and a Fellow of Clare Hall at Cambridge University. From 2003 to 2007 he was also

Gresham Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College, London, and he has been appointed Gresham Professor of Geometry from 2008 to 2012. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003 and received the Royal Society's Faraday Prize in 2008.

In addition to having published more than 450 scientific journal articles, he has also published 21 books for general readers, beginning with The Left Hand of Creation, published in 1983, and most recently Cosmic Imagery: key images in the history of science. His books explore the

links between science and many other fields, drawing from history, art, mathematics literature, and philosophy.

In 2002, his play Infinities premiered in Milan, and in Valencia, and won the Premi Ubu 2002

Italian Theatre Prize and 2003 Italgas Prize. Among his many other prizes and awards, he received the 2006 Templeton Prize.

The Millennium Mathematics Project, which he directs, aims to improve the teaching, learning and appreciation of mathematics and its applications, especially amongst young people. In 2006 it received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for educational achievement.

Last updated: Wednesday, 21 July 2010