Charles E. Raven

Charles Earle Raven (4 July 1885 – 8 July 1964) was an English theologian, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, and Master of Christ's College, Cambridge. His works have been influential in the history of science publishing on the positive effects that theology has had upon modern science.[1]

During the First World War he served as a chaplain to the forces and what he witnessed led him to take a pacifist position, a subject which again he wrote on extensively for the rest of his life. As a pacifist, he was an active supporter of the Peace Pledge Union and the Fellowship of Reconciliation.[2]

Charles Raven was the father of John Raven, the classical scholar and botanist, and grandfather of Andrew Raven and Sarah Raven.[3]

He won the James Tait Black Award in 1947 for his book English Naturalists from Neckam to Ray.

Charles Raven was educated at Uppingham. He was a clergyman in the Church of England and attained the rank of canon.

Published works


  1. Religious Origins of Modern Science, Eugene Marion Klaaren, Eerdmans, 1977, ISBN 0-8028-1683-5, 244 pages, p. 4
  2. Pacifism in the Twentieth Century, by Peter Brock and Nigel Young. Syracuse University Press, New York, 1999 ISBN 0-8156-8125-9 (p.101).
  3. Obituary of Andrew Raven, The Guardian 10 October 2005

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Alexander Nairne
Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge
Succeeded by
Michael Ramsey
Preceded by
Charles Galton Darwin
Master of Christ's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Brian Downs
Preceded by
Henry Thirkill
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Sydney Castle Roberts
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