Ian Barbour

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Ian Graeme Barbour (1923-2013) was the Winifred & Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology & Society, Emeritus. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1999 for Progress in Religion.

Early life

Barbour was born in 1923 in Beijing, China. He received his B.S. in physics from Swarthmore College, his M.S. in physics from Duke University in 1946, and a Ph.D. in physics from University of Chicago in 1950. He earned a B.D. in 1956 from Yale Divinity School.

At Carleton

Barbour arrived at Carleton in 1955, where he founded the Religion Department and held an appointment in the Physics Department. In the 1970's he helped to start the Environment and Technology Studies program.

After Carleton

In 1986, Barbour retired to prepare the Gifford Lectures, which he gave from 1989-91 at the University of Aberdeen. These lectures led to the book Religion in an Age of Science. In 1992 he was awarded an honorary degree from Carleton. In 1999 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in recognition of his efforts to create a dialogue between the worlds of science and religion.

Barbour died December 20, 2013.


  • Christianity & the Scientists (1960)
  • Science & Religion (1968)
  • Science & Secularity (1970)
  • Myths, Models and Paradigms (1974)
  • Religion in an Age of Science (1990)
  • Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues (1997) (revised and expanded version of Religion in an Age of Science)
  • When Science Meets Religion, (2000)

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