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Stephen M. Barr (born 1953) is an American author and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware and a member of its Bartol Research Institute. Barr does research in theoretical particle physics and cosmology. In 2011 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, the citation reading "for original contributions to grand unified theories, CP violation, and baryogenesis."
His notable work includes co-discovering the much studied flipped SU(5) scheme of unification, identifying the Barr–Zee diagram as an important source of electric dipole moment for basic particles such as the electron and neutron in many theories, and proposing the so-called Nelson–Barr mechanism as a solution to the strong CP problem. He is the author of the article on Grand Unified Theories for the Encyclopedia of Physics.
He obtained his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1978. Princeton awarded him the Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Fellowship "for distinguished research." He went on to do research at the University of Pennsylvania as a post-doctoral fellow (1978–80), the University of Washington as a Research Assistant Professor (1980–85), and Brookhaven National Laboratory as an Associate Scientist (1985–87), before joining the faculty of the University of Delaware in 1987. He was elected Director of the Bartol Research Institute of the University of Delaware in 2011.
Barr, a practicing Catholic, writes and lectures frequently on the relation of science and religion. Since 2000 he has served on the Editorial Advisory Board (now the Advisory Council) of the ecumenical religious intellectual journal First Things, in which many of his articles and book reviews have appeared since 1995. His writing has also appeared in Commonweal, National Review, Modern Age, The Public Interest, America, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and other publications. In 2002 he gave the Erasmus Lecture, sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Public Life. In 2007 he was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI. In 2010 he was elected a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology. He is also President of the Society of Catholic Scientists.
He is married to Kathleen Whitney Barr. They have five children.
- Stephen M. Barr, (2006) Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. University of Notre Dame Press. ISBN 0268021988.
- Stephen M. Barr, (2006) A Student's Guide to Natural Science. ISI Press. ISBN 1932236929
- Stephen M. Barr, (2011) Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict (Explanations). Catholic Truth Society. ISBN 1860827276
- Stephen M. Barr, (2016) The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion. Eerdmans. ISBN 0802873707
- "Authors. Stephen M. Barr". First Things. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
- Weldon, Stephen P. (2004-12-01). "Stephen M. Barr: Modern Physics and Ancient Faith". Isis. 95 (4): 742–743. doi:10.1086/432348. ISSN 0021-1753.
- Leigh, Egbert Giles (2014-04-09). "S. M. Barr's Modern Physics and Ancient Faith: Are the Universe, Physical Law and Human Thought Proofs of God's Existence?". Evolution: Education and Outreach. 7 (1). doi:10.1186/s12052-014-0008-1. ISSN 1936-6434.
- King Jr, John B. (2016-04-02). "Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, Stephen M. Barr". Theology and Science. 14 (2): 219–221. doi:10.1080/14746700.2016.1156333. ISSN 1474-6700.