John Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Sciences in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. A fellow of Cambridge’s Clare Hall and of Gresham College, Barrow directs Cambridge’s Millennium Mathematics Project, which focuses on increasing mathematical understanding and promoting creative approaches to math among students ages 3 to 19. He holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Oxford.
One of Britain’s leading public intellectuals, Barrow has received numerous recognitions, including the 2006 Templeton Prize. In 2008 The Royal Society, of which he is a member, awarded Barrow the Faraday Prize, an award given annually in recognition of excellence in science popularization. He is the author of five hundred scientific articles exploring cosmology, over twenty acclaimed books, including The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, The Constants of Nature, and The Book of Nothing, and many reviews and op-eds about science. He has served on many national committees in England. Barrow has also written a theatre script titled “Infinities,” which received the Italian Premi Ubu award for best play in 2002. Barrow has lectured all over the world at many prestigious venues including the Vatican and Buckingham palace.