Professor Paul Ewart is a Former Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, having served as full time Director of the Faraday Institute from October 2021 to September 2022. He obtained a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Queen’s University Belfast and then was an (SERC) Advanced Fellow at the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.

In 1979 he moved to the Physics Department, Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University, later becoming Professor of Physics and Head of the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford University as well as a Tutor and Fellow of Worcester College.

He has been a Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at the Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics and Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA, a CNRS visiting Fellow at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris and a William Evans Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

His research work has centred on using lasers to study atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics and nonlinear spectroscopy, including interdisciplinary applications of laser spectroscopy to combustion and environmental physics. He is the current Chair of Christians in Science.

Details of research and scientific publications are available online.

Publications in Science and Religion

  • The Necessity of Chance: Randomness, Purpose and the Sovereignty of God, Paul Ewart, Science & Christian Belief, 21, 111–131 (2009)
  • The Physical Sciences and Natural Theology, Paul Ewart, Chapter 27 in The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology, Ed. Russell Re Manning, Oxford University Press, (2013) ISBN: 978-0-19-955693-9
  • Chaos and the character of God: Laws of nature and the nature of God. God and Physics Conference, IRC/ISSR Oxford 9 July 2010
  • Why is suffering random? Compassion and Theodicy Conference, IRC Oxford 20 July 2019
  • The Guardian, Why God needs Chance, 3 Nov 2009.
  • Otago Daily Times, Faith and Reason, “Confusing metaphysics with science, a mistake,” 29 May 2009.
  • Otago Daily Times, Creator’s work an invitation to seek evidence of his existence, 24 July 2009.

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