Boyle Lecture 2007

cosmology of ultimate concern

lecturer: professor john d. barrow frs

John D. Barrow graduated in Mathematics from Durham University in 1974, received his doctorate in astrophysics from Oxford University in 1977, held positions at the Universities of Oxford, and California at Berkeley, and was Professor of astronomy at the University of Sussex until 1999.

In 1999, he took up a new appointment as Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge.

He is author of 15 books, translated into 28 languages, which explore many of the wider historical, philosophical, and cultural ramifications of developments in astronomy, physics, and mathematics. In 2006, he was awarded the Templeton Prize.

responder: lord rees of ludlow frs

Martin Rees is President of the Royal Society and also Master of Trinity College, and Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. He was appointed Astronomer Royal in 1995, and was nominated to the House of Lords in 2005 as a cross-bench peer.

Lord Rees studied at Cambridge University and then held post-doctoral positions at Cambridge, California and Princeton before becoming a Professor at Sussex University. In 1973, he became a fellow of King's College and Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge, a post he held for 18 years. For ten years he was director of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy.

Lord Rees's current research deals with cosmology and astrophysics, especially gamma ray bursts, galactic nuclei, black hole formation and radioative processes (including gravitational waves). He has authored or co-authored about five hundred research papers.