John Cornwell MA Hon DLitt FRSL
Director, Science and Human Dimension Project
John Cornwell, after 12 years on the editorial staff of The Observer, was in 1990 elected Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Science and Human Dimension Project at Jesus College, Cambridge. In that role he has brought together many scientists, philosophers, ethicists, authors and journalists to debate a range of topics in the field of public understanding of science. His edited books include Nature’s Imagination, Consciousness and Human Identity, and Explanations (Oxford University Press); Power to Harm, and Hitler’s Scientists (Viking Penguin); The Philosophers and God ( Bloomsbury Continuum), and Darwin’s Angel (Profile).
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (University of Leicester) in 2011. He was shortlisted Specialist Journalist of the Year (science writing in Sunday Times Magazine), British Press Awards 2006. He won the Science and Medical Network Book of the Year Award for Hitler’s Scientists, 2005; and received the Independent Television Authority-Tablet Award for contributions to religious journalism (1994).
His journalism has been published in a variety of outlets including Financial Times, Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer, New Statesman, New Scientist, Nature, Prospect, Times Literary Supplement, The Tablet, Brain, The Guardian, The Times. Broadcast contributions to many BBC programmes, especially on culture, science and religion, including “Hard Talk”, “Choice”, “Start the Week,” “The Moral Maze”, “Today” (debate with Richard Dawkins); “Beyond Belief”, “Thought for the Day”, “Sunday”, and various programmes in the BBC’s World Service.
Science and Human Dimension Project Team
SHDP draws on the skills and experience of a group of experts from a range of backgrounds including:
Jonathan S. Cornwell – Executive Director
Jonathan has a background in publishing and e-learning in Europe, Middle East and China. He is a conference and art exhibitions producer and director of Media Symposia. He is a former director of the Rustat Conferences at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is a graduate of UCL, Cambridge University and Imperial College London.
Dr Tudor Jenkins – Member, SHDP Advisory Board
Tudor is an Artificial Intelligence specialist, digital media expert, app developer, and director of Wide Eyed Vision. He holds a doctorate in AI and Philosophy of Mind from the University of Sussex.
Nathan Brooker – Member, SHDP Advisory Board
Nathan is a writer and journalist at the Financial Times. He has experience producing conferences and writing reports and is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Examples of John Cornwell’s Science Writing and SHDP Outreach
A selection of John Cornwell’s articles in the ambit of public understanding of science through the past decade:
Philosophy of Science: Review Penultimate Curiosity by Andrew Briggs and Roger Wagner Financial Times 29 Jan 2016
Global Warming and Morality Prospect Magazine 19 June 2015
Secularism, Religion and Violence: Review Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong Financial Times 26 Sept 2014
The Reel of Consciousness Brain 11 Sept 2013
Ethics and Neuroscience: Brain 19 April 2012
Between Reason and the Wet Stuff Literary Review February 2011
Alasdair MacIntyre Interview: On Moral Philosophy and Banking Prospect Magazine 20 Oct 2010
Decoding Darwin Literary Review Oct 2009
Drugs that Don’t Work: Meta-analyses on Prozac Prospect Magazine 23 Sept 2009
Interview Steve Jones: On Nature and Nurture Prospect Magazine 1 March 2009
How Science Discovered the Mystery of Ourselves Literary Review March 2009
A Dig at Ditchkins: On Terry Eagleton and Dawkins Literary Review May 2009
Plastic Fantastic: The Brain that Changes Itself Literary Review Sept 2008
Alcoholism and Detoxing Sunday Times 5 Oct 2008
Descent and Dissent: On Intelligent Design Literary Review Oct 2008
Bounded in a Nutshell: Review Kingdom of Infinite Space by Raymond Tallis Literary Review June 2008
Symbolic Language: On Steven Pinker Prospect Magazine Oct 27 2007
Science and the Media Brain 15 Dec 2007
The Importance of Doubt Guardian Aug 30 2007
A Question of Respect: Review God Delusion by Richard Dawkins Sunday Times 1 Oct 2006
Who Do We Think We Are: On Genetics and Race Sunday Times 8 Oct 2006
Brain and Bad Behaviour Brain 27 Nov 2006
A Christmas Thunderbolt for the Scientific Arch Enemy of Religion: On Dawkins and Atheism Sunday Times 24 Dec 2006
Don’t Be Deluded: On a Cancer Breakthrough Sunday Times 3 Sept 2006
Slaves to American Medicine: On the Tuskagee experiment Sunday Times 10 Sept 2006
A Head for Trouble: Are we hard-wired to be bad? Sunday Times 9 Jul 2006
Journey through the Topic of Cancer Sunday Times Jun 25 2006
Taking on String Theory: Physicists’ establishment Sunday Times 11 Jun 2006
Hormones and theories of Romantic Love Sunday Times 12 Feb 2006
Face of things to Come: Face transplants Sunday Times 11 Dec 2005
What Tickles our Fancy: New research on bonding Sunday Times 6 Nov 2005
Between Heaven and Earth: Review of The Planets by Dava Sobel Sunday Times 28 Aug 2005
How the War Can Be Won: Latest cancer treatment research Sunday Times 19 June 2005
Stardust Memories: On Fred Hoyle Sunday Times 22 May 2005
Drugs and Determinism: Review of The 21st Century Brain by Steven Rose Sunday Times 27 Feb 2005
The Hand: Review Raymond Tallis trilogy on the Mind-Brain Brain 21 January 2005
Please also see the archive of previous SHDP conferences.