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 based at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is a graduate of University College London, Cambridge University, and Imperial College London.
Dr Tudor Jenkins – Member, SHDP Advisory Board Tudor holds a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence and the Philosophy of Mind from the University of Sussex. He is a digital media expert, app developer, and director of Wide Eyed Vision.
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.
The AI and the Future of Humanity Project – we thank the Master and Fellows of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF) for their support of this project. For their contribution to the March 2018 conference on AI in Science Fiction film and literature we also thank Prof Adam Roberts of RHUL, Rev’d Dr Paul Dominiak and Rev’d Dr Tim Jenkins of Jesus College, Cambridge, Dr Beth Singler of the Faraday Institute, Dr Adrian Weller of Cambridge and Turing Institute, Prof Murray Shanahan of Imperial College and DeepMind, the author and publisher Keith Mansfield, conference rapporteur Sally Adee, Sumit Paul-Choudhury of the New Scientist, Colin Ramsay of Little Dragon Films, and the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society (CUSFS).