Colin Humphreys

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Colin Humphreys (2015)

Sir Colin John Humphreys , CBE , FREng (born May 24, 1941 ) is a British physicist . He was Goldsmith's Professor of Materials Science and is currently Head of Research at Cambridge University , Professor of Experimental Physics at the Royal Institution in London and a Fellow of Selwyn College (Cambridge) . He was President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining from 2002 to 2003. His research interests include "all aspects of electron microscopy and analysis, semiconductors (especially gallium nitride ), ultra-high temperature space and aerospace materials, and superconductors".

Humphreys "also studies the Bible when he is not doing his day-to-day business as a materials scientist."


Humphreys was awarded the AA Griffith Medal and Prize in 2001 and was awarded the rank of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2003 for his contributions to science as a researcher and communicator. He was promoted to Knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II's 2010 Birthday Honors, and in 2011 the Royal Society elected him a Fellow. He also has an entry in Debrett's People of Today . In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering . Since 1991 he has been a full member of the Academia Europaea .

Bible studies and publications

In 2011, Humphreys claimed in his book The Mystery of the Last Supper that Jesus' Last Supper took place on Wednesday, and not, as traditionally believed, on Thursday ( Maundy Thursday ), and that the apparent temporal contradiction (15th or 14th Nisan ) between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke on the one hand and the Gospel of John on the other hand is due to the use of different calendars by the authors. Mark, Matthew and Luke apparently use an older Jewish calendar based on the Egyptian method of calculation (which is still in use today among the Samaritans ), while John obviously refers to the newer Jewish calendar based on the Babylonian method of calculation (which is still used by the Jews today). A Last Supper on Wednesday allows more time than the traditional reading for the interrogation and trial before Pilate before Jesus is crucified on Friday. Humphreys argues that the exact date of the Last Supper is April 1, 33.

In addition to Colin Humphreys (2003), a number of other authors, including Charles Beke , Sigmund Freud and Immanuel Velikovsky , explained the biblical description of the migration of Israelite slaves to a mountain from which a "consuming fire" emanated ( 2 Mos 24.17  EU ), with the description of a volcanic eruption . This excludes all mountains on the Sinai peninsula and in the Seir mountains . What remained were three volcanoes in the biblical Midian , in northwestern Saudi Arabia, of which Hala l-Badr is the best known.

In the Hala l-Badr , Colin Humphreys and various authors saw the " biblical Sinai ", in particular

  • Alois Musil in the early 20th century
  • Jean Koenig 1971
  • Jacob E. Dunn 2014


  • The Miracles of Exodus: a Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories. Continuum, London 2003, ISBN 0-8264-6952-3 .
  • The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2011, ISBN 0-521-73200-X .

Individual evidence

  1. a b List of Fellows .
  2. University of Cambridge, Colin Humphreys ( Memento of the original from January 10, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. The Penultimate Supper? . Cambridge University. April 17, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011: “The new study is based on earlier research which Professor Humphreys carried out with the Oxford astrophysicist, Graeme Waddington, in 1983. This identified the date of Jesus' crucifixion as the morning of Friday , April 3rd, AD 33 - which has since been widely accepted by other scholars as well. For Professor Humphreys, who only studies the Bible when not pursuing his day-job as a materials scientist, this presented an opportunity to deal with the equally difficult issue of when (and how) Jesus' Last Supper really took place. "
  4. ^ New year honors . Times Higher Education. January 3, 2003. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ London Gazette  (Supplement). No. 59446, HMSO, London, June 12, 2010, p. 1 ( PDF , English).
  6. Sir Colin John Humphreys CBE FREng FRS . Royal Society. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  7. Sir Colin Humphreys on Debrett's People of Today ( Memento of the original from June 28, 2013 in the web archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. ^ Membership directory: Colin Humphreys. Academia Europaea, accessed December 11, 2017 .
  9. ^ Colin J. Humphreys, The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge 2011, p. 164.
  10. Colin Humphreys: And the thorn bush was on fire: A scientist explains the miracle accounts of the Bible
  11. ^ Charles Beke: Mount Sinai, a Volcano (1873)
  12. Sigmund Freud: The Man Moses and the Monotheistic Religion (1939)
  13. ^ Jean Koenig: Le site de Al-Jaw dans l'ancien pays de Madian
  14. ^ Jacob E. Dunn: A God of Volcanoes: Did Yahwism Take Root in Volcanic Ashes? , Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 38.4 (2014) 387-424