A renowned astrophysicist will be the special guest at Rydal Penrhos for the school’s Founders’ Weekend celebrations.
The Rev'd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College and lecturer at the University of Durham, is an author, speaker, astrophysicist and Methodist minister who will be involved in a host of activities at the school on Friday, September 22 as part of the three-day event.
He will begin with a special Scientific Society Lecture in the Carnegie Room from 1.30pm-2.20pm, before moving on to the Prep School where he will give a talk to Year 5 and 6 pupils.
Prof Wilkinson will then head to St John’s Church where he will speak at Rydal Penrhos’ annual Founders’ Day service, before giving another lecture at Princes Drive Baptist Church for local churches entitled “The Search for God: Can Science Help?”, which members of the public are welcome to attend.
Before working in Durham as a theologian, he was a scientist and then a Methodist minister in inner city Liverpool. His background is research in theoretical astrophysics, where Prof Wilkinson’s PhD was in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions such as the event which wiped out the dinosaurs.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has published a wide range of papers on these subjects.
Rev’d Prof. Wilkinson, said: “My current work involves the relationship of the Christian theology to contemporary culture, from science to pop culture.
“I have had a long interest in the dialogue of science and religion, especially as it impacts the physical sciences. God, Time and Stephen Hawking (Monarch, 2001) and Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe (T&T Clark 2010) are examples of that work.
“This work forms some of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching that I do in the department at Durham where I teach modules in science and theology. My PhD is in Systematic Theology and explored Christian eschatology.”