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Mr John Cornwell

Fellow Commoner Emeritus, Director of the Science and Human Dimension Project, Chair of the Jesus College Media Society

John Cornwell is a journalist, author, and academic. Since 1990 he has directed the Science and Human Dimension Project

Academic interests

John Cornwell's academic interests include:

  • Public understanding of science
  • Ethics in the public space
  • History and philosophy of contemporary neuroscience
  • Science and religion
  • Modern papal history.

Degrees obtained

MA English Language and Literature, Oxford 1966.

Awards and prizes

  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Leicester and Newman University College.
  • Gold Dagger Award (non fiction), 1983.
  • ITA award for Religious Journalism, 1994.
  • Science and Medical Network Book of the Year Award, 2005.
  • Shortlist Specialist Journalist of the Year (National Press Awards, 2006. 
  • Shortlist PEN/Ackerley Award for best literary memoir, 2007.

Other interests

The art of investigative journalism, creative writing, especially memoir.

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