John Charlton Polkinghorne (1930 - Present)

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  • Born

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Polkinghorne earned his Bachelor's Degree from Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Doctorate Degree

    Polkinghorne earned his Doctorate Degree in Quantum Field Theory from Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Lecturer in Mathematical Physics

    John Polkinghorne became a lecturer in Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh
  • Lecturer in Mathematical Physics

    Polkinghorne moved to Cambridge as a Lecturer in Mathematical Physics
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    Professor of Mathematical Physics

    Polkinghorne advanced to a Professor of Mathematical Physics white at Cambridge
  • Doctorate Degree

    Polkinghorne earned another Doctorate Degree in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics at Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Recognition

    Polkinghorne received recognition for his achievement in creating mathematical models used to calculate the paths of quantum particles
  • Science Research Council

    Polkinghorne was a member of the Science Research Council
  • Theological Studies

    Polkinghorne left his previous studies and moved to theological studies at Westcott House in Cambridge
  • Ordained

    Polkinghorne was ordained and appointed to a parish in South Bristol
  • The Way the World Is

    The Way the World Is
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    Notable Publications

    Polkinghorne published many books and research texts in his attempt to bridge the gap between science and religion. He has been able to explain the Bible using scientific background. Polkinghorne is "using the habits of a rigorous scientific mind have brought him international recognition as a unique voice for understanding the Bible as well as evolving Christian doctrine." (Templeton Prize)
  • Vicar

    Polkinghorne moved to a parish in Blean when he was appointed as a Vicar
  • Chaplain

    Polkinghorne moved back to Cambridge as the appointed Fellow, Dean, and Chaplain of Trinity Hall
  • Society of Ordained Scientists

    A preaching order of the Anglican Community called the Society of Ordained Scientist was founded with the help of Polkinghorne.
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    President of Queens' College

    Polkinghorne was chosen to be the President of Queens' College, Cambridge
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    Doctrine Commission of the Church of England

    Polkinghorne was a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England
  • The Faith of a Physicist: Reflections of a Bottom-Up Thinker

    The Faith of a Physicist: Reflections of a Bottom-Up Thinker
  • Sir John Polkinghorne

    Queen Elizabeth II knighted John Polkinghorne for his distinguished service to science, religion, learning and medical ethics
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    Human Genetics Advisory Commission

    Polkinghorne was a member of the Human Genetics Advisory Commission
  • Faith Science and Understanding

    Faith Science and Understanding
  • The God of Hope and the End of the World

    The God of Hope and the End of the World
  • Templeton Prize

    Templeton Prize
    Polkinghorne won the Templeton Prize in 2002 for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries About Spiritual Realities. He is quoted as saying "I want to take science and religion with great and equal seriousness. I see them as complementary to each other and not as rivals. The most important thing that they have in common is that both believe that there is a truth to be sought and found, a truth whose attainment comes through the pursuit of well-motivated belief." (Templeton Prize)
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    International Society of Science and Religion

    Timeframe that Polkinghorne was President of the International Society of Science and Religion
  • Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter With Reality

    Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter With Reality
  • Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship

    Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship
  • What is Time?

    Polkinghorne discusses time in his book: Faith, Science and Understanding. In the attached video, he also goes into more details about time. He first talks about time from a physicist stand point and then shifts over to the theologist side. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkHfWezUAak