John D. Barrow

British scientist (1952-2020)

John David Barrow FRS (29 November 1952 – 26 September 2020) was an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and mathematician. He was Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College from 2008 to 2011.[1]

John Barrow

John David Barrow
John David Barrow

(1952-11-29)29 November 1952
London, England
Died26 September 2020(2020-09-26) (aged 67)
Alma materVan Mildert College, Durham (BSc)
Magdalen College, Oxford (DPhil)
AwardsItalgas Prize (2003)
Templeton Prize (2006)
Michael Faraday Prize (2008)
Kelvin Prize (2009)
Zeeman Medal, London Mathematical Society and IMA (2011)
Dirac Medal (2015)
Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016),
Giuseppe Occhialini Medal and Prize (2019)
Scientific career
Popular science
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Gresham College
University of California, Berkeley
University of Oxford
University of Sussex
ThesisNon-Uniform Cosmological Models (1977)
Doctoral advisorDennis William Sciama
Doctoral studentsPeter Coles
David Wands

Barrow was also a writer of popular science and an amateur playwright.[2]

Barrow died on 27 September 2020 from colon cancer, aged 62.[3]


  1. "DAMTP Professor John Barrow".
  2. Marcus de Sautoy (Nov 5, 2003). "To infinity and beyond". The Guardian.
  3. "Morto John Barrow, cosmologo e divulgatore: aveva 67 anni". (in Italian). Retrieved 27 September 2020.