McLeish - The Rediscovery of Contemplation Through Science

The 2021 Boyle Lecture

The International Society for Science and Religion is pleased to announce that the 2021 Boyle Lecture will be given by Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York, on the subject of:

“The Rediscovery of Contemplation Through Science”

The response this year will be given by The Rt Revd & Rt Hon The Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth.

The lecture will be given at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd February 2021. However, due to the ongoing global pandemic, this year’s lecture will be available only online. Access to the Boyle Lecture will Premiere through ISSR’s YouTube channel, which can be found here:

The lecture will be followed at 7.15 pm (- 8.00 pm) by a panel discussion on Webinar, with a panel consisting of Professor Tom McLeishLord Rowan WilliamsProfessor Sarah CoakleyDr Sarah Lane Ritchie and Professor Fraser Watts, and chaired by Professor Michael J Reiss. Registration for this discussion can be accessed here:

All members of the public will have access to the video lecture on 03 Feb.


TOM McLEISH, FRS, is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics and also in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, UK. His research in ‘soft matter and biological physics,’ is highly interdisciplinary, including industrial collaboration. He has published at academic and popular levels in theology/science and humanities/science issues including the books Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP 2014) and The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019). He was Chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee (2015-2020) and is a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation.