The Reverend Dr. Sir John Polkinghorne (1930-Present)

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  • Birth

    John Polkinghorne was born on October 16th in Somerset, England.
  • Early Academic Career

    In school, he excelled in mathematics and earned a bachelor’s in mathematics.
  • Academic Career

    John earned his master’s degree in mathematics.
  • Dr. Polkinghorne

    Dr. Polkinghorne
    A year after he earned his master’s, he earned his doctorate in quantum field theory from Trinity College in Cambridge. Later that year, he was also made lecturer in mathematical physics at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Professor

    John took the job of professor of mathematical physics at the University of Cambridge.
  • Further Studies

    John received his second doctorate in theoretical elementary particle physics from Trinity College. Recognized for his mathematical models that calculated the paths of quantum particles and selected as a fellow of the Royal Society.
  • Time for a Change

    Polkinghorne concluded his research in the mathematical and particle physics field had reached an end and resigned from his job as professor. At this point he began theological studies at the Wescott House in Cambridge.
  • Second Career

    Second Career
    He became ordained and was sent to a parish in South Bristol.
  • First Book

    First Book
    Polkinghorne published The Way the World Is, which was his first of several works on the relationship between science and religion.
  • Promotion

    He became vicar, a deputy of a bishop, in Blean.
  • Chaplain Polkinghorne

    He was appointed fellow, dean, and chaplain of Trinity Hall in Cambridge. He also helped found the Society of Ordained Scientists in the same year.
  • College President

    Polkinghorne was appointed president of Queen’s College in Cambridge.
  • Following Works

    John published his second book with several more to follow. His works became cornerstones that bridged the gap between religion and science, showing that two seemingly opposite studies can coexist.
  • Retires

    John retired and a year later was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for distinguished service to religion, science, and medical ethics.
  • After Retirement

    After Retirement
    Awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries About Spiritual Realities.