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John Barrow

Credit: Max Alexander

Professor John Barrow FRS


Elected: 2003


John Barrow has conducted research in cosmology, gravitation, and the large-scale structure of the Universe. His work has furthered our understanding of the Universe’s deviations from perfect homogeneity and isotropy. He devised new ways to evaluate the amplitudes and patterns of possible cosmological anisotropies and inhomogeneities, and identified the conditions for cosmological chaos to occur.

He has investigated many applications of particle physics to the early Universe, especially the study of nucleosynthesis, the matter–antimatter asymmetry of the Universe, and ‘inflation’. He is also an effective populariser of science through his many books, newspaper articles, lectures, and radio broadcasts.

Professional positions

Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
Professorial Fellow, Clare College, University of Cambridge
Emeritus Professor of Geometry and Astronomy and Member of the Academic Board, Gresham College
Director, Millennium Mathematics Project, University of Cambridge

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Astroparticle physics, General relativity, Gravitation, History of Science, Physical cosmology, Theories of Gravity


  • Michael Faraday Prize

    On 'Every picture tells a story'.

  • Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

    On 'Every picture tells a story'.