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John Hedley Brooke (born 20 May 1944) is a British historian of science specialising in the relationship between science and religion.

John Hedley Brooke
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John Hedley Brooke discussing "Science and Secularization" at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in 2012
Born (1944-05-20) 20 May 1944 (age 75)
Alma materFitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Spouse(s)Janice Marian Heffer (m. 1972)
Scientific career
FieldsRelationship between science and religion


Brooke is the son of Hedley Joseph Brooke, and Margaret Brooke, née Brown. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Retford, then Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. On 30 Aug 1972, he married Janice Marian Heffer.[1]

Academic careerEdit

He was a Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College from 1967–68, then a Tutorial Fellow at the University of Sussex from 1968-69. He was on the faculty of Lancaster University from 1969 to 1999, rising from Lecturer to Professor of History of Science. He was Gifford Lecturer at the University of Glasgow from 1995–96 and Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at The University of Oxford from 1999–2006, where he directed the Ian Ramsey Centre and was a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. After his retirement in 2007, he became an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study in the University of Durham.[1]

He was the editor of the British Journal for the History of Science from 1989-93. He was the president of the British Society for the History of Science from 1996–98, and has been the president of Science and Religion Forum since 2006.[1] He was also the president of the International Society for Science and Religion from 2008-2011.[2] Brooke was subsequently made an Honorary Fellow of the ISSR (HonFISSR).



  • Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (1991)
  • Thinking About Matter (1995)
  • Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science and Religion (with G. N. Cantor, 1998)
  • Science in Theistic Contexts (ed, 2001)
  • Heterodoxy in Early Modern Science and Religion (ed, 2005)
  • Religious Values and the Rise of Science in Europe (ed, 2005)


  1. ^ a b c "Prof John Hedley Brooke." Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's Peerage Ltd., 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.
  2. ^ Presidents Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine, International Society for Science and Religion. Retrieved on 2009-6-25

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