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November 29, 1952 - John David Barrow is born in London, England, to Lois Miriam Barrow (nee Tucker), a homemaker and Walter Henry Barrow, an engineering company stores manager.

1964-1971 - Attends Ealing Grammar School, London.

1974 - Receives Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) in mathematics from Van Mildert College, Durham University. Begins research studentship at Magdalen College and at Department of Astrophysics, Oxford University.

1975 - Marries Elizabeth Mary East, a nurse. They have three children, David Lloyd (b.1978), Roger James (b.1981), and Louise Elizabeth (b.1984).

1977 - Receives D.Phil. in astrophysics from University of Oxford with a thesis entitled “Non-Uniform Cosmological Models,” supervised by Dennis Sciama.

1977-78 - Serves as Lindemann Commonwealth Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, Department of Astronomy.

1977-80 - Appointed Junior Research Lecturer at Christ Church and Oxford, Department of Astrophysics.

1980-81 - Serves as Miller Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Physics Department.

1981 - Appointed Lecturer in the Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex, a post he holds until 1989.

1983 - The Left Hand of Creation: The Origin and Evolution of the Expanding Universe (with Joseph Silk) published (Heinemann, UK; Basic, USA; various languages).

1984 - L’Homme et le Cosmos (with Frank J. Tipler) published (Radio France Imago).

1986 - The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (with Frank J. Tipler) published (Oxford University Press; various languages). Receives Nuffield Foundation Science Fellowship.

1988 - The World Within the World published (Oxford University Press; various languages).

1989 - Appointed Professor, Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex, a post he holds until 1999. He is also Acting Director of the Astronomy Centre from 1989-90 and Director from 1995-99.
spacer Delivers Gifford Lectures at Glasgow University in its centennial year, the youngest Gifford Lecturer ever. Receives Samuel Locker Prize in Astronomy.

1990 - Delivers Collingwood Memorial Lecture, Durham.

1991 - Theories of Everything: The Quest for Ultimate Explanation published (Oxford University Press; various languages). Developed from the Gifford Lectures.

1992 - Pi in the Sky: Counting, Thinking and Being published (Oxford University Press; various languages). Perche il Mondo e Matematico?, published (Laterza, Rome). Receives Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Fellowship. Delivers George Darwin Lecture of the Royal Astronomical Society.

1993 - The Origin of the Universe published (Orion, UK; Basic, USA). Delivers Spinoza Lecture, Amsterdam.

1994 - Named Senior Research Fellow of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council of the UK, a post he holds until 1999.

1995 - The Artful Universe published (Oxford University Press; various languages).

1998 - Impossibility: the limits of science and the science of limits published (Oxford University Press; various languages).

1999 - Appointed Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. He is also appointed Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project, a new initiative to improve the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and its applications among young people and the general public.
spacer Between Inner Space and Outer Space published (Oxford University Press; various languages). Named Professorial Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge. Receives Kelvin Medal from the Royal Glasgow Philosophical Society and delivers the Kelvin Lecture. Awarded honorary Doctor of Science by University of Hertfordshire. Forum Fellow, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland (and 2000).

2000 - The Universe that Discovered Itself (new extended version of The World Within the World) published (Oxford University Press). The Book of Nothing published (Jonathan Cape, UK; Pantheon USA; various languages). Delivers the Flamsteed Lecture, Derby.

2001 - Delivers Tyndall Memorial Lecture, Bristol.

2002 - Play, Infinities, is performed (in Italian) at the Teatro la Scala, Milan, and again in 2003 under the direction of Luca Ronconi and in Spanish at the Valencia Festival. Infinities receives the 2002 Premi Ubu award for best play in the Italian theater and the 2003 Italgas Prize for the promotion of science.
spacerThe Constants of Nature: From Alpha to Omega published (Jonathan Cape UK; Pantheon USA; various languages). Elected member of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). Delivers Whitrow Lecture of the Royal Astronomical Society. Delivers Brasher Lecture, Kingston.

2003 - Appointed Gresham Professor of Astronomy, Gresham College, London, until 2007. This is the oldest science professorship in the world, founded in 1596. It provides for an annual series of public lectures on astronomy and related physical sciences. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), London.

2004 - Elected Vice President of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Delivers Carl Von Weizsäcker Lectures, Hamburg. Delivers McCrea Centenary Lecture, Sussex. Delivers Hubert James Lecture, Purdue.

2005 - The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless, published (Jonathan Cape, UK; Pantheon USA; various languages). The Artful Universe Expanded (a new edition of The Artful Universe) published (Oxford University Press). Made Honorary Professor of Physics University of Nanjing. Receives Lacchini Prize and Medal of the Unione Astrofili Italiani. Delivers Wood Memorial Lecture, Newcastle. Delivers Hamilton Lecture, Trinity Dublin

2006 - Millennium Mathematics Project is awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for educational achievement. Named 2006 Laureate of the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities.

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