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Nicholas Clive Lansdowne Beale
Born 1955 (age 54–55)
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge (1976)
Known for Management consultancy, social philosophy, Christian apologetics
Spouse(s) Christine Anne
Children 3
Parents Prof. Evelyn Martin Lansdowne Beale (father) and Violette Elizabeth Anne Beale (mother)

Nicholas Clive Lansdowne Beale (born 1955) is a British writer, management consultant,[1] social philosopher,[2][3][4] and Christian apologist.[5]

Beale, the son of Professor Evelyn Martin Lansdowne Beale and Violette Elizabeth Anne Beale, studied Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge University (1976).[3][4]




Early years

In his early career, Beale worked in computer communications, as Chair of reconfiguration and fibre optic working groups of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Project 802, which established standards for the industry, as Chairman of the WG2 working group on Networking of the European MAP Users Group (EMUG).[3][6][7][8] He subsequently worked for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, joining them in 1988, and then established Sciteb in 1998, of which he is Director.[3][9]

Management consulting

Beale was commissioned by the Confederation of British Industry to prepare a 1991 report on whether and why the British industry lags behind Germany and Japan in R&D investment. Concluding that that was the case, with the UK's chemical-based industries constituting an exception, he found that under-investment was often blamed on short-term thinking in the finance sector, but also that with exception of the pharmaceutical industry, there was "little evidence that investors really value R&D." He concluded that investors, companies, and the City needed to work more closely to promote R&D, and to find new ways of financing it.[10] Two years later he addressed the Chemical Industries Association Investment Intentions Conference, and suggested that industry talk to the City about intellectual assets (brands, skills, and technologies) to improve communication and trust with investors.[11]

Much of his work has been strategy consulting on the interaction between investors and companies, culminating in his book Constructive Engagement.[3][4]

He has worked with David G. Rand on applications of evolutionary dynamics to financial stability.[1]

Religion and science

Drawing on his experience in information technology (IT), Beale organized the first Colloquium on the Ethical and Spiritual Implications of the Internet in the House of Lords in 1997.[3] Beale frequently engages in discourse over the web, on the radio, and in print on various aspects of contemporary faith. Of note are his public debates with atheists Julian Baggini[12] and Colin Howson[13][14] on questions of religion and science. Beale maintains interactive websites, and, on which issues in the science/religion debate are addressed.[15]

2009 AAAS Annual Conference with President James J. McCarthy (standing), Beale, and Polkinghorne

He co-wrote Questions of Truth: Fifty-One Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief with physicist and priest John Polkinghorne (of whom he was a former mathematical student and is now a colleague).[15][16][4][17] Published in 2009, it was the culmination of ten years of collaboration.[3][1] It offered answers on 51 questions about science as religion, on topics such as the existence of God, evolution, evil, and atheism.[18] The book, launched in the U.S. at a workshop at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting,[19] and in the UK at a discussion at the Royal Society chaired by Onora O'Neill, was featured on the Today Programme[20] and at its height rose to the level of # 1 seller on in the categories "Nature and Existence of God" and "Philosophy".[21]

A. C. Grayling, in the New Humanist, criticised the authors for "cherry-pick[ing] which bits of scripture and dogma are to be taken as symbolic, and which as literally true," and described the Royal Society's decision to allow its premises to be used for the launch of this "weak, casuistical and tendentious pamphlet" as a "scandal." [22] Julian Baggini, writing in the Financial Times, said that "despite the complexity of some of the scientific issues discussed", the book "is a commendably clear read".[23] Publishers Weekly wrote: "Many readers will welcome this accessible format, but some may find the blurring of science and theology confusing."[24] The Library Journal described it as intriguing and thought-provoking",[25] and Physics World said it is “remarkably even-handed ... a valuable lesson".[18]


Beale works with Martin Nowak, Robert May, and others on certain applications of mathematical biology and evolutionary dynamics,[3] and with Hava Siegelmann on investigation of certain properties of neural networks.

Beale is an oblate of Alton Abbey (1994–), Freeman of the City of London (1996), and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.[4][26]


  • Networks for the 1990s, Ray Reardon, Chapter 15: "The MAP/TOP Initiative," Nicholas C L Beale, Online Publications, 1987


  1. ^ a b c Clive Cookson; Gillian Tett; Chris Cook (26 November 2009). "Organic mechanics". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 January 2010.  
  2. ^ Article in Think, published by CUP for the Royal Institute of Philosophy
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nicholas Beale". St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 15 January 2010.  
  4. ^ a b c d e "Nicholas Beale". The Royal Institute of Great Britain. Retrieved 16 January 2010.  
  5. ^ Antony Hewish describes Beale as having “an outstanding reputation” and being “well-known for his staunch defense of Christianity” - Questions of Truth Foreword
  6. ^ Open systems 86: proceedings of the international conference held in London, March 1986, Online Publications, 1986, ISBN 0863530508, 9780863530500, accessed 15 January 2010
  7. ^ Networks for the 1990s, Ray Reardon, Chapter 15: "The MAP/TOP Initiative," Nicholas C L Beale, Online Publications, 1987, accessed 15 January 2010
  8. ^ Computer-aided engineering journal, Volumes 1-3, Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1983, accessed 15 January 2010
  9. ^ "Remarks on standard fibre-optic LANs", N. C. L. Beale, International Journal of Digital & Analog Cabled Systems, 10 April 2007, accessed 15 January 2010
  10. ^ "Chemicals R&D 'fully competitive,'" Chemistry and Industry, 6 May 1991, accessed 15 January 2010
  11. ^ The Chemical Engineer, Issues 534-45‎, Page 7, Institution of Chemical Engineers - Science - 1993, accessed 15 January 2010
  12. ^ "Unbelievable?; Fine Tuning of the Universe", Premier Christian Radio, 14 March 2009, accessed 16 January 2010
  13. ^ Debate with Colin Howson in Prospect) 20 May 1998
  14. ^ Beale and Howson also co-authored a paper in 2008 for Prospect which has not yet been published
  15. ^ a b Van Bockstaele, Bart B. (Apr 11, 2009). "Opinion: Could science prove the existence of God?". Retrieved January 16, 2010.  
  16. ^ "Book Review: Questions of Truth," Science News, 14 March 2009, accessed 16 January 2010
  17. ^ Sibley, Lois; Hames, Jerry (19 February 2009). "Worthy books for this Lenten season". Retrieved 16 January 2010.  
  18. ^ a b "One Scientist's Faith", review in Physics World, April 2009
  19. ^ AAAS Annual Meeting 2009 Workshop Program
  20. ^ "Interview with John Polkinghorne" by John Humphrys, BBC Today Programme, 2 March 2009
  21. ^ [1] ""Book's listings""]. Archived from [ the original] on 1 March 2009.].  
  22. ^ A. C. Grayling: "Book Review: Questions of Truth", New Humanist, 124 (2), March/April 2009
  23. ^ Julian Baggini "A Twist of Faith: How to reconcile religious belief with science", Financial Times, p. 16, 21 February 2009
  24. ^ "Nonfiction Reviews; Questions of Truth: Fifty-One Answers to Questions About God, Science, and Belief," Publishers Weekly, 10 November 2008, accessed 16 January 2010
  25. ^ Christian, Graham, "Spiritual Living: Life Questions -- Polkinghorne, John & Nicholas Beale. Questions of Truth: Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief," Library Journal, 15 January 2009, accessed 16 January 2010
  26. ^ online summary of entry in Debretts ``People of Today’’

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