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The 2016 Walton Lecture


The lecture will be given by Sir Colin Humphreys, who is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University (UK). He has previously held posts at Liverpool University and Oxford University. Prof. Humpreys also directs a major Research Centre with Rolls-Royce, and the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was awarded the CBE in the New Years honours in 2003.

In addition to his extensive research in solid state physics and materials science, Prof. Humpreys has written three books about science and Christianity: The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus (Cambridge University Press 2011), The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories (Continuum 2003), and Creation and Evolution (Osford University Press 1986). He is currently President of Christians in Science.

The lecture will be given in Cork, Dublin and Belfast 1-3 November 2016. Further details will be provided closer to the time.


The E. T. S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion

The E. T. S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion (Walton Lectures in brief) are a series of lectures on currents topics related to science and religion, suitable to an audience of academics and informed lay persons. Each year a speaker, who is a scientist, philosopher, or theologian of international reputation, will be invited to give a lecture, which will be held in one or more locations on the island of Ireland.

The Walton Lectures are named after physicist and Nobel laureate the late Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton. Walton's work as a scientist and his Christian commitment are well documented in the biography written by V. J. McBrierty: Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton, The Irish Scientist, 1903-1995 (Trinity College Dublin, 2003). Walton was strongly committed to the Methodist faith, and following the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951 jointly to himself and John Cockroft, he spoke on science and religion to audiences in Ireland, the United States, and Sweden. The award to Walton is to date the only Irish Nobel prize in science.

The Walton Lectures are organised by Christians in Science Ireland.



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