Professor John Barrow

Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge

Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Professor John Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Science in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, a position he has held since 1999. His research interests include: Cosmology, astrophysics, theories of gravitation, astroparticle physics, and astronomical tests of fundamental physics, public engagement, mathematics education, and public understanding of science and mathematics.

Since its inception in 1999 Professor Barrow has been the Director of Cambridge's Millennium Mathematics Project, a maths education initiative for ages 5 to 19 and the general public, based at the University, which aims to support maths education and promote the development of mathematical skills and understanding, particularly through enrichment activities. In 2005 the Project won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Educational Achievement.

Prior to taking up his position at Cambridge Professor Barrow worked for several years in the University of Sussex, as a Nuffield Foundation Fellow, a Professor in the Astronomy Centre, the Director of the Astronomy Centre, and a Royal Society Leverhulme Fellow. He has won the Locker Prize for Astronomy and the 2006 Templeton Prize, lectured in 10 Downing Street, Windsor Castle, the Vatican Palace and the Venice Film festival, served as the Honorary Concurrent Professor of Physics at the University of Nanjing ('08-'09) and the Gresham Professor of Geometry and Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, Gresham College.