Person: Polkinghorne, John Charlton
John Polkinghorne was an English mathematical physicist, an Anglican priest and a theologian. He worked in quantum mechanics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 John attended the local primary school in Street, but when his progress in reading was below par his parents had him taught at home by a friend who was educating her own son.
 The school only took pupils up to the age of eleven, and at this stage in his education John was sent to Elmhurst Grammar School in Street.
 Peter was nine years older than John and when the war began he had joined the Royal Air Force.
 Polkinghorne had to undertake a year of National Service before entering Cambridge which began with basic training with the Royal Hampshire Regiment.
 Polkinghorne entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1949.
 At Cambridge he met Ruth Martin, a mathematics student who, like Polkinghorne, was a member of the Christian Union.
 Polkinghorne had spent these three years as a research student at Cambridge, supervised first by Kemmer, then after Kemmer left Cambridge, by Abdus Salam.
 Polkinghorne particularly enjoyed teaching at Edinburgh and also began supervising research students, another part of being a university teacher that he found very satisfying.
 Polkinghorne's contributions to mathematical physics were truly outstanding.
 In 1955 Polkinghorne published several important papers.
 Polkinghorne continued to publish a remarkable number of important papers.
 Polkinghorne's group at Cambridge continued developing the socalled "Cambridge program" of formulating and exploiting the concept of maximal analyticity.
 In 1977 Polkinghorne had made a decision to make a major career change when he decided to enter the ordained ministry of the Church of England.
 Another important contribution made by Polkinghorne is service on several government committees.
 Dr Polkinghorne resigned a prestigious position as Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Cambridge in 1979 to pursue theological studies, becoming a priest in 1982.
Born 16 October 1930, WestonsuperMare, England. Died 9 March 2021, Cambridge, England.
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