Arthur Peacocke (1924–2006)

Arthur Peacocke

Dr. Arthur Peacocke, physical biochemist, Anglican priest, and the 2001 Templeton Prize Laureate died on Saturday, October 21, 2006, at age 81.

Peacocke, who pioneered early research into the physical chemistry of DNA, received a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Birmingham in 1971 and was ordained in the Church of England as a “worker-priest,” in his case, a priest-scientist. His scientific and theological pursuits tangibly merged with the publication of Science and the Christian Experiment (1971), which was awarded the Lecomte du Noüy Prize. In 1973, he became Dean of Clare College, Cambridge, allowing him to pursue his interdisciplinary vocation. He founded the Society of Ordained Scientists in 1986 to further advance the development of the field of science and religion. Among his other books are From DNA to DEAN: Reflections and Explorations of a Priest-Scientist, and Paths from Science Towards God: The End of All Our Exploring.