Artist Focus: Canon Dr Mark Hocknull

29 September, 2015

Boole Window Lincoln Cathedral copy

As his illustrious title suggests, Canon Dr Mark Hocknull holds esteemed positions in both religion and academia, as Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral and Visiting Senior Fellow at University of Lincoln’s School of History and Heritage. He holds doctorates in both science and religious studies and teaches the history of science at the university. His research and teaching focuses on the historical interactions between science and religion, specifically in regards to Darwinism and aims to put science into a wider social and cultural context.


For Frequency Festival, the Canon Dr presents a lecture on the life and work of one of Britain’s most important and influential mathematicians – George Boole – whose work forms the foundation of modern technology and without whom computing as we know it would not exist. Hocknull’s interest in Boole was first sparked by one of the stained windows at Lincoln Cathedral, which is dedicated to him. The research that followed uncovered a fascinating story of a self educated man whose work shaped the modern world, and who has been perhaps unfairly forgotten.

Parallels can easily be drawn between Boole and the Canon Dr himself; both men fascinated and influenced by both religion and science, and both committed to the idea of education for all.

Canon Dr Mark Hocknull’s lecture George Boole: Celebrating Genius will run alongside an exhibition detailing the life and work of Boole, which moves to Lincoln Cathedral for the month of October and the duration of the festival.


October 29th 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Lincoln Cathedral.

Find out more here.

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