John Harwood Hick was born in Scarborough in Yorkshire on 20 January 1922, the son of a solicitor. He had initially planned to follow the same career, and embarked on the study of law at University College, Hull, but as a result of a conversion experience decided to train for the ministry instead. At this point his career was interrupted by the Second World War. As a committed paci# st, Hick was a conscientious objector to military service, joining instead the Friends’ Ambulance Unit in Egypt, Italy and Greece. When the war ended Hick went to Edinburgh University where he took a # rst in philosophy followed by a DPhil at Oxford on the relationship between faith and knowledge, for which he was supervised by the then Professor of Logic, H. H. Price. Hick’s theological training for the Presbyterian ministry was done at Westminster College, Cambridge, and he was ordained to that ministry in 1953. For three years he was a minister in Northumberland where he converted his doctoral thesis into his # rst major publication. is led to an assistant professorship in philosophy at Cornell. In 1959 he became Stuart Professor of Christian Philosophy at Princeton eological Seminary. A" er six years there, Hick returned to Cambridge, initially as a sabbatical Bye-Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, and then as a lecturer in philosophy of religion in the eological Faculty of Cambridge University. In 1967 he was appointed to the H. G. Wood Chair of eology at the University of Birmingham, where he stayed for # " een years. During his last three years at Birmingham, Hick spent half of each year as Danforth Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate School (later Claremont Graduate University) in California. is became a full-time appointment in 1982. Hick ‘retired’ at the age of 70 in 1992 and moved back to Birmingham as a very active member of their Institute for Advanced Research. He also served for ten years as a Visiting Professor of the University of Wales, Lampeter.