David Gosling


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David Gosling read physics at Manchester University, where he also worked at the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope bouncing radio waves off the planet Venus.

After another degree in Cambridge he taught physics at Delhi University, where he took part in the 1967 Bihar famine relief programme.

Returning from India he lectured at Hull University, was appointed Director of Church and Society at the World Council of Churches and taught a degree course on ecological issues in the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University.

From 2006 to 2010 he was Principal of Edwardes College in the University of Peshawar, where he received a death threat from the Taliban for his commitment to women's education.