Lecturers & Authors

David N. Hempton

Dean of the Faculty of Divinity; Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies; John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity

David Hempton was appointed Dean of Harvard Divinity School in July 2012. Before joining the faculty of Divinity in spring 2007, he was university professor and professor of the History of Christianity at Boston University, and prior to that appointment, he was professor of Modern History and director of the School of History in Queen's University Belfast.

Charles Hendel

Professor Emeritus, Yale University
1890 to 1982

Charles William Hendel American educator and Professor of Moral Philosophy and Metaphysics at Yale University was born on 16 December 1890 in Reading Pennsylvania the son of Charles William and Emma Leiniger (StolzHendel.

Herbert Hensley Henson

Bishop of Durham
1863 to 1947

Herbert Hensley Henson was born in London, England, in 1863 and was brought up in evangelical family. He was educated at Oxford University, where he was a fellow of All Soul’s College from 1884 to 1886. He then served as head of Oxford House in Bethnal Green (1887-1888). By the time he became vicar and rural dean of Barking (1888-1895) he was considered a high churchman. He was, however, impatient of party dogmatism and as rector of St Margaret’s Westminster (1900-1912) he became a stronger defender of the right and duty of critical inquiry.

Mary Brenda Hesse

Professor of Philosophy of Science, Cambridge
1924

Mary B. Hesse was born on 15 October 1924 in Reigate England. She was educated at the Imperial College of Science and Technology London and received her PhD there in 1948. She also earned a MS from University College London in 1949.

John Harwood Hick

Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Emeritus, Claremont Graduate University
1922 to 2012

John Harwood Hick was born in Yorkshire in 1922. At the age of eighteen he experienced what he described as a ‘powerful evangelical conversion’ to Christianity while studying law at University College, Hull. He consequently decided to move to Edinburgh University to study philosophy with a view to later training for ministry in the Presbyterian Church of England. However his second year of study was interrupted by the Second World War. A conscientious objector on religious grounds, Hick opted to serve in the Friends’ Ambulance Unit rather than to join the military.

Ernest William Hobson

Sadlerian Professor of Pure Mathematics, Cambridge
1856 to 1933

Ernest William Hobson, eldest son of William Hobson (founder, part owner and editor of the regional newspaper Derbyshire Advertiser), was born 27 October 1856 in Derby. He spent his early schooling at Derby school where he showed little promise in his early years. However, this perception of him changed when, outstandingly, at the age of thirteen, he received a distinction in the Cambridge Junior Local Examinations in mathematics, natural sciences, French and music.

William Hocking

Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
1873 to 1966

William Ernest Hocking, American philosopher, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 10 August 1873. Soon after his birth, his father, a homeopathic physician, moved the family to Joliet, Illinois. The Methodism of his upbringing profoundly shaped his faith conviction. Hocking worked as a surveyor, mapmaker, and illustrator before enrolling at Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1894 to train for a career in engineering.

Herbert Arthur Hodges

Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading
1905 to 1976

Herbert Arthur Hodges was born on 4 January 1905 in Sheffield to a travelling businessman and a primary school teacher. He was raised in Yorkshire and attended the King Edward VII School in Sheffield. He went on to study Classics at Balliol College Oxford attaining a first in honour moderations in 1924 and then the same in literae humaniores in 1926.

Leonard Hodgson

Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford
1889 to 1969

Leonard Hodgson was born on 24 October 1889 at Fulham England the son of Walter Hodgson an official stenographer to the House of Commons. Leonard attended St. Paul’s School London where his diligent work earned him a scholarship to Hertford College Oxford. In Oxford he gained firsts in both Greats and Theology. In 1913 he was ordained a deacon after spending a year at St. Michael’s College Llandaff. In 1914 after a curacy at St. Mark's Portsmouth Hodgson became Vice-Principal of St. Edmund Hall Oxford at the behest of his former tutor H. H. Williams.

Reijer Hooykaas

Professor of History of Science, University of Utrecht
1906 to 1994

On 4 January 1994 one of the leading Christian historians of science in the world, and one of only two honorary members of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), passed away. It was a passing largely unrecognized in the Anglo-Saxon world, a response which was disproportionate to the influence that Dutch professor Reijer Hooykaas’ writing and lecturing activities had on many in the United Kingdom and North America.

Åke Hultkrantz

Professor of Comparative Religion, University of Stockholm
1920 to 2006

As with all anthropologists, Åke Hultkrantz was objective in researching his subjects. What made him stand out though was the deep respect he had for the Saami, the Shoshone and the Arapaho with whom he interacted—so much respect that he was adopted by the Shoshone medicine man John Trehero.

Michael Ignatieff

Director of Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
1947

Michael Ignatieff is an international scholar of human rights a novelist and from 2006––2011 had been a Canadian legislator rising to head of the Liberal Party in 2009. He lost his seat and resigned his leadership post in 2011 after the party’s wide election defeats. Before entering politics Ignatieff taught at the University of Toronto the University of British Columbia Cambridge University the London School of Economics the l’École des Hautes Études in Paris the University of California and finally at Harvard University.

William Ralph Inge

Dean of St. Paul's, London, Formerly Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Cambridge
1860 to 1954

“The Gloomy Dean” William Ralph Inge was born 6 June 1860 in Crayke, Yorkshire, England. He garnered his nickname “The Gloomy Dean” from the often-disapproving and barbed responses to mainstream culture he expressed in his regular column in the Evening Standard from 1921-1946.

Werner Jaeger

Professor of Greek and Ancient Philosophy, University of Chicago
1888 to 1961

A towering figure in philology and classics in the early twentieth century, Werner Jaeger was born 30 July 1888 in Lobberich, Germany, to Karl August Jaeger, a manager in a textile factory, and his wife, Helene. After school at Lobberich and at the Thomas à Kempis Gymnasium in Kempen, Jaeger attended the University of Marburg for a semester, where he encountered a Plato mediated by the Neo-Kantians. He completed his Ph.D. at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1911, writing a dissertation on Aristotle’s Metaphysics that made a seismic impact in Aristotle studies.

Stanley L. Jaki

Distinguished University Professor, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
1924 to 2009

Stanley L. Jaki was born in Gyor, Hungary, in 1924. Upon graduating from the Jedlik Preparatory School and Junior College there, he entered the Benedictine Order in 1942. After completing his undergraduate training in philosophy, theology and mathematics in 1947, he went to the Pontifical Institute of San Anselmo, Rome, where he received a doctorate in theology in December 1950. In 1948 he was ordained a priest.

William James

Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
1842 to 1910

William James was born in New York City on 11 January 1842. His father, a man of independent means gained through inheritance, was associated with Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and their transcendentalist circle. At the behest of his father, James received an unorthodox education. The young man attended ten different schools during a period of eight years in New York and also studied in London, Geneva, Paris, Dresden and Boston. By the time he had completed his secondary education he had attained fluency in five languages.

Sheila Jasanoff

Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard
1944

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason.

Philip Johnson-Laird

Stuart Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
1936

Psychologist Philip Johnson-Laird was born in Leeds, England, on 12 October 1936. He married Maureen Sullivan in 1959, and their marriage produced two children. In 1961 Johnson-Laird entered University College, London, as a psychology student and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1967. His doctoral research was supervised by Peter Wason, with whom he collaborated on his first book, The Psychology of Reasoning. During and following his doctoral studies, Johnson-Laird served as a lecturer at University College until taking up a post at the University of Sussex in 1973.

Mark Johnston

Walter Cerf Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University

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Peter Howard Jones

Professor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
1935

Peter Howard Jones (MA FRSA FRSE FSA) philosopher was born in London on 18 December 1935. He was educated at Highgate School London and at Queen’s College Cambridge. He graduated MA and was a research student at Cambridge in 1961-1963.

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