The Revd Dr Michael Banner is Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge. From 2004-2006 he was Director of the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s Genomics Research Forum and Professor of Public Policy and Ethics in the Life Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He is very well known in science and public policy arenas and has been Chairman of the Home Office Animal Procedures Committee since 1998.

Dr Banner read Philosophy and Theology at Balliol College, Oxford (MA 1985, DPhil 1986). Earlier appointmnets have included Bampton Research Fellow, St Peter’s College, Oxford; Dean, Chaplain, Fellow and Director of Studies in Philosophy and Theology, Peterhouse, Cambridge; and FD Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology, King’s College, London. He has been chairman of HM Government Committee of Enquiry on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies in Breeding Farm Animals and the CJD Incidents Panel, Department of Health. He has also been a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission and (still) the Human Tissue Authority.

Recent selected publications

  • The Justification of Science and The Rationality of Religious Belief (Oxford University Press, 1992)
  • The Practice of Abortion: A Critique (Darton, Longman and Todd, 1999)
  • Christian Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
  • The Doctrine of God and Theological Ethics, ed. Michael Banner and Alan Torrance (Continuum, 2006)

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