John Hedley Brooke


Academic Summary

University of Cambridge, PhD
John Hedley Brooke was the first Andreas Idreos Professor of Science & Religion at Oxford University and the former Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre. He has lectured worldwide and in November 2001 gave the “Distinguished Lecture” of the History of Science Society. From 2000 to 2003 he directed the European Science. In 1995, with Professor Geoffrey Cantor, he gave the Gifford Lectures at Glasgow University. The author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, he has contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, The Cambridge Companion to the “Origin of Species”, The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophy, and The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible. Together with Fraser Watts, he was Editorial Consultant for The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology (2013). His research interests have embraced the history of organic chemistry, the British natural theology tradition from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, Victorian science, and the evaluation of the sciences in different religious cultures. A former Editor of the British Journal for the History of Science, he has been President of the British Society for the History of Science, President of the Historical Section of the British Science Association, President of the UK Forum for Science & Religion and of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is best known for Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge 1991 and 2014), which won the Watson Davis Prize of the History of Science Society. In 2014 this was reissued in Cambridge University Press’s prestigious Canto Classics series. His other books include: Thinking About Matter (Ashgate, 1995); and (with Geoffrey Cantor) Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science & Religion (Edinburgh 1998). Contact e-mail:


International Society for Science & Religion (ISSR)
Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford


Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (1991)
Thinking About Matter (1995)
Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science and Religion (with G. N. Cantor, 1998)
Science in Theistic Contexts (ed, 2001)
Heterodoxy in Early Modern Science and Religion (ed, 2005)
Religious Values and the Rise of Science in Europe (ed, 2005)