Paul Davies, formerly the professor of natural philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University in Sydney, has recently accepted a new position as the College Professor and founding director of the Origins Institute at Arizona State University. After earning a Ph.D. in physics at University College, London, in 1970, he held academic appointments in astronomy, physics, and mathematics at the universities of Cambridge, London, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Adelaide before joining the Macquarie faculty five years ago.
His research has spanned the fields of cosmology, gravitation, and quantum field theory, with particular emphasis on black holes and the origin of the universe. Dr. Davies is also widely known as an author. He has written more than twenty-five books, both popular and specialist works, including The Physics of Time Asymmetry (1974), (with Nicholas Birrell) Quantum Fields in Curved Space (1982), The Mind of God (1992, 1993), About
Time (1995), How to Build a Time Machine (2001), The Origin
of Life (2003), and, most recently, The Goldilocks Enigma:
Why the Universe is Just Right for Life, which will be published by Penguin in the United Kingdom in October—and, as the Cosmic Jackpot, by Houghton Mifflin in the United States in April 2007. The Re-emergence of Emergence, a collection of essays he edited with Philip Clayton, also will be published next year by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Davies has extensive experience in television and radio, including the presentation of two Australian television series entitled The Big Questions. His work in astrobiology was the subject of a BBC television documentary, “The Cradle of Life.” He has won numerous awards for his scientific and media work, including the 1995 Templeton Prize, and currently serves as trustee of the John Templeton Foundation. He received the 2001 Kelvin Medal presented by the UK Institute of Physics and the 2002 Michael Faraday Prize of the Royal Society for his contributions to furthering public communication of science. The asteroid 1992 OG was officially named (6870) “Pauldavies” in his honor.
A professor of systematic theology at the University of Copenhagen,
Niels Henrik Gregersen is also an ordained minister of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Denmark.
He is widely known for his research and writing on the intersection of science and religion. Dr. Gregersen graduated from the Haderslev Cathedral School and the University of Copenhagen, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1987. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in ethics and philosophy of religion at the University of Aarhus in 1986, became an associate professor of systematic theology in 1989, and was named research professor in science and theology in 2000. He has served as assistant pastor of the university’s Church of St. John. President of the Learned Society of Denmark, Dr. Gregersen was formerly vice president of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology.
He is a member of the Theological Commission of the Church
of Denmark’s Council on Inter-Church Relations, a member of the board of advisors of the John Templeton Foundation, and from 1992 to 2003, he was the leader of the Danish Forum for Science and Theology. Dr. Gregersen is the recipient of a Templeton Foundation Science and Religion Course Program grant and a Templeton Foundation grant for research and writing on the constructive engagement of science and religion. He also has received research support from the Danish Research Foundation for the Humanities, the Felix Foundation, the Niels Møgelvang Foundation, and the Research Foundation of the University of Aarhus. Fomerly general editor of Studies in Science and Theology, he is systematic theology editor of the Danish Journal of Theology and associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, as well as a member of the editorial advisory board of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science and a member of the editorial boards of Dialog: A Journal of Theology and of Theology and Science. A former member of the editorial board of the Danish publisher ANIS and currently co-editor of the Complementa Series published by the University of Aarhus Press, he inaugurated the new Issues in Science and Theology Series, which was published in Scotland by T & T Clark and in the United States by Wm. B. Eerdmans in 2002. Dr. Gregersen has contributed more than 150 major articles in Nordic, German, and English to scholarly journals, a number of which have won prizes, and he has edited or co-edited fourteen volumes of collected works, including From Complexity to Life: The Emergence of Life and Meaning (2003) and, most recently, The Gift of Grace: The Future of Lutheran Theology (with Bo Holm, Ted Peters, and Peter Wideman), which was published in 2005 by Aufsburg Fortress Press. He is the co-author of two books and the author of four others, including The Presence of God in Evolution (2006), which has been translated into Romanian.
Dr. Gregersen’s forthcoming book, Ind i Gud (Into God), will be published in Danish later this year by ANIS, and next year Aros will bring out a new study entitled The Creator. A co-authored volume (with Peter Grunderlach, Hans Raun Iversen, and Margit Warburg), Habits of the Heart in Denmark, also will be published in 2007 by Reitzel, and another book (with Ted Peters), Radical Generosity: Contours of Lutheran Theology, is under contract with Fortress Press.