Dr. Harry Cook

Emeritus Professor, Biology

  • D.Sc. Zoology, Free University of Amsterdam, 1966
  • M.Sc. A. Animal Science, University of British Columbia, 1962
  • B.Sc. A. Animal Science, University of British Columbia, 1960


Harry obtained a BSc (agr.) (1960) and a MSc (agr.) (1962), both in Animal Science, at the University of British Columbia. He was granted a DSc in Zoology at the VU University in Amsterdam in 1966 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan Lever. He carried out research on the endocrinology of sockeye salmon while on a post-doctoral position at Simon Fraser University (1966-69). He then taught biology at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL (1969-77) and Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA (1977-79). 

Cook joined the King’s faculty in 1979. He taught a variety of biology courses and continued to do research on fish endocrinology using the electron microscope. He became Professor Emeritus at King’s in 1999, and continued to teach History and Theory of Biology, as well as do research on theoretical topics in biology.

Research Interests

  • History and theory of biology
  • The relationship of religion and science
  • The life and work of Charles Darwin
  • The history of The King's University College

Representative Publications

Gijsbert van den Brink and Harry Cook, A Variety of Voices: Reformed Theologians on the Theory of Evolution, Calvin Theological Journal, 56 (2), 2021, 265-292.

Gijsbert van den Brink and Harry Cook, “I am Inclined to Look at Everything as Resulting from Designed Laws”: Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species as a Specimen of Natural Theology, Christian Scholar’s Review, 50 (1), 2020, 25-37.

Cook, H. and Abraham C. Flipse, Jan Lever: Challenging the Role of Typological Thinking in Reformational Views of Biology, Philosophia Reformata, 82, 2017, 3-25.

Cook, H., God’s Plan for Creation, The Banner, September, 2013.

Cook, H., Emergence: A Biologist’s Look at Complexity in Nature, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 65, 2013, 233-241.

Cook, H. and H.D. Bestman, Biological Complexity, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 63, 2011, 159-169.

Cook, H., Creation and Becoming in Jacob Klapwijk’s Theory of Emergence, Philosophia Reformata, 76, 2011, 138-152.

H. Cook, H., and Wood, J.R., Looking at Nature Through Other Eyes: God's Governance of Nature in the Religion-Science Debate, Christian Scholar's Review, 39, 2010, 275-290.

Cook, H. and H.D. Bestman, A Persistent View: Lamarckian Thought in Early Evolutionary Theories and in Modern Biology, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 52, 2000, 86-96.

Prasada Rao, P.D., Murthy, C.K., Cook, H., and Peter, R.E., Sexual Dimorphism of Galanin-Like Immunoreactivity in the brain and Pituitary of Goldfish, Carassius auratus, Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 19, 1996, 119-135.

Cook, H., Burgess Shale and the History of Biology, Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith, 47, 1995, 159-163.

Cook, H., Embracing Test-Tube Babies, The Banner, May 2, 1994.

Ge, W., Cook, H., Peter, R.E., Vaughan, J., and Vale, W., Immunocytochemical Evidence for the Presence of Inhibin and Activin-Like Proteins and Their Localization in Goldfish Gonads, General and Comparative Endocrinology, 89, 1993, 333-340.

Feddes, J.J.R., H. Cook, H., and Zuidhof, M.J., Characterization of Airborne Dust Particles in Turkey Housing, Canadian Agricultural Engineering, 34, 1992, 273-280.

Cook, H., Berkenbosch, J.W., Fernhout, M.J., Yu, K.L., Peter, R.E., Chang, J.P., and Rivier, J.E., Demonstration of Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Receptors on Gonadotrophs, and Somatotrophs of the Goldfish: an Electron Microscope Study, Regulatory Peptides, 36, 1991, 369-378.

Cook, H., Zuidhof, A., Kaneko, T., Lin, H.-R., Zhang, M.L., and Peter, R.E., Somatotrop, Gonadotrop, and Prolactin Cells in the Pars Distalis of Juvenile Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus), Canadian Journal of Zoology, 69, 1991, 803-806.

Chang, J.P., Cook, H., Freedman, G.L., Wiggs, A.J., Somoza, G.M., de Leeuw, R. and Peter, R.E., Use of a Pituitary Cell Dispersion Method and Primary Culture System for the Studies of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Action in the Goldfish, Carassius auratus. I. Initial Morphological, Static, and Cell-Column Perifusion Studies, General and Comparative Endocrinology, 77, 1990, 256-273.

Miyajima, K., Yasuda, A., Swanson, P., Kawauchi, H., Cook, H., Kaneko, T., Peter, R.E., Suzuki, R., Hasegawa, S., and Hirano, T., Isolation and Characterization of Carp Prolactin, General and Comparative Endocrinology, 70, 1988, 407-417.

Cook, H., Peute, J., Goos, H.J. Th., Sokolowska, M., van Oordt, P.G.W.J., and Peter, R.E., Gonadotropin Production and Release in Female Goldfish (Carassius auratus) after Administration of Pimozide and an LHRH Analogue as Studied by Electron Microscopy and Radioimmunoassay, Cell and Tissue Research, 247, 1987, 477-482.

Cook, H., Cook, A.F., Peter, R.E., and Wilson, S.W., Ultrastructural Immunocytochemistry of Growth Hormone Cells in the Goldfish Pituitary Gland, General and Comparative Endocrinology, 50, 1983, 348-353.

Cook, H., The Biology Business, Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, 34, 1982, 129-134.

Peter, R.E., Kah, O., Paulencu, C.R., Cook, H., and Kyle, A.L., Brain Lesions and Short-Term endocrine Effects of Monosodium L-Glutamate in Goldfish, Carassius auratus, Cell and Tissue Research, 212, 1980, 429-442.

Cook, H., McKeown, B.A., Duff, D.W., Flagg, L.N. and Squiers, T.N., Studies on the Blood and Branchial Mucous Cells of Freshwater and Marine Alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus), Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 64A, 1979, 245-249.

Cook, H., Helland, D.R., Vander Weele, B.H., and De Jong, R.J., Histologic Effects of Polybrominated Biphenyls in Michigan Dairy Cattle, Environmental Research, 15, 1978, 82-89.

Cook, H., Rusthoven, J.J., and Vogelzang, N., The Rostral Pars Distalis of the Alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus. A Light and Electron Microscope Study, Zeitschrift f. Zellforschung, 141, 1973, 145-159.

Cook, H., and van Overbeeke, A.P., Ultrastructure of the Pituitary Gland (Pars Distalis) in Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) During Gonad Maturation, Zeitschrift f. Zellforschung, 130, 1972, 338-350.

Cook, H., and Van Overbeeke, A.P., Ultrastructure of the Eta Cells in the Pituitary Gland of Adult Migratory Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), Canadian Journal of Zoology, 47, 1969, 937-941.

Cook, H., Morphology and Histology of the Central Nervous System of Succinea putris (L), Archives Neerlandaises de Zoologie, 18, 1966, 1-72.

Cook, H., Infection of Succinea putris by Leucochloridium paradoxum, Basteria, 30, 1966, 6-7.

Lever, J., Van Den Bosch, M., Cook, H., Van Dijk, T., Thiadens, A.J.H., and Thijssen, R., Quantitative Beach Research: III. An Experiment with artificial Valves of Donax vittatus, Netherlands Journal of Sea Research, 2, 1964, 458-492.

Cook, H., and Kitts,W.D., Anti-oestrogenic Activity in Yellow Pine Needles (Pinus ponderosa), Acta Endocrinologica, 45, 1964, 33-39.

Book Reviews

  1. Cook, H., Review of:Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World without Darwin, by Peter J. Bowler, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2013, Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith, 65(4): 266-267.
  1. Cook, H., Review of: A University for the People: A History of the Institute for Christian Studies, by R.E. VanderVennen, Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt College Press, 2008, Philosophia Reformata, 74(1): 73-74
  1. Cook, H., Review of: A University for the People: A History of the Institute for Christian Studies, by R.E. VanderVennen, Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt College Press, 2008, Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith, 60(4): 273.
  1. Cook, H., Review of: Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, by David Sloan Wilson, New York, Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2008, Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith,60 (3): 200-201.
  1. Cook, H., Review of: The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church’s Response to Extrabiblical Evidenceby Davis A. Young,  Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1995. Calvin Theological Journal31(1): 302-305.
  2. Cook, H., Review of: The Clockwork Image: A Christian Perspective on Science, by Donald M. MacKay, London, Intervarsity Press, 1974, Pro Rege,6(4):  26-27.
  3. Cook, H., Review of: The Structure of Scientific Revolutionsby T.S. Kuhn. Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation25: 34-38.


Cook, H. and Vanden Born, W. Torchbearers for the King: A History of the Establishment of The King's University College (Edmonton: The King's University College, 2004).

Books Translated

Cees DekkerCorien Oranjeand Gijsbert van den BrinkDawn: A Proton’s Tale of All That Came to Be, InterVarsity Press, 2022, Harry Cook, Translator.

Jacob Klapwijk, Purpose in the Living World? Creation and Emergent Evolution, Harry Cook, translator and editor, Cambridge University Press, 2008.