Robert J. Russell is founder and director of CTNS (Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences) and professor of theology and science in residence at the Graduate Theological Union. He is a leading researcher and spokesperson for the growing international body of theologians and scientists committed to a positive dialogue and creative mutual interaction between these fields.
Dr. Russell has authored numerous articles and has co-edited a five volume CTNS/Vatican Observatory series on science and divine action. The most recent title from this series is Quantum Mechanics: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (distributed in the USA by the University of Notre Dame Press, 2001). His latest edition is: Fifty Years in Science and Religion: Ian G. Barbour and His Legacy (Ashgate 12/2004). Dr. Russell is the winner of a PCRS/Templeton Grant for Research and Writing on the Constructive Engagement of Religions and Science for his proposed book, Time in Eternity: Theology and Science in Mutual Interaction.
Dr. Russell is an ordained minister the United Church of Christ. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.A. in theology and an M. Div. from the Pacific School of Religion. He taught physics at Carleton College and science and religion with Ian Barbour for several years before coming to the GTU in 1981.