|Born||16 May 1963|
|Occupation||Theological college principal|
|Title||Principal of St John's College, Durham|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Discipline||Astrophysics and theology|
|Institutions|| University of Liverpool |
University of Durham
David Adam Wilkinson, FRAS (born 16 May 1963) is a British Methodist minister, theologian, astrophysicist and academic. He is the current Principal of St John's College, Durham, and a professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. He is the author of several books on the relationship between science and religion, and a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4. He has a PhD in astrophysics and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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