John Bowker is an academic expert on world religions with a global reputation. He was formerly Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Lancaster and was Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1984 to 1991. He has also been Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and North Carolina State University. He is the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions and author of the New York Times bestseller God: A Brief History What Muslims Believe, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Religions, The Sacred Neuron: Discovering the Extraordinary Links between Science and Religion and The Meanings of Death, which won the HarperCollins Religious Book Prize. He lives with his wife in Cambridge.