Inspiration for JRI is taken from John Ray (1627-1705), English naturalist, Christian theologian and first biological systematist of modern times, preceding Carl Linnaeus.
“His greatness is that in a time of transition and universal turmoil he saw the need for precise and ordered knowledge, set himself to test the old and explore the new, and by dint of immense labour in the field and in the study laid the foundations of modern science in many branches of zoology and botany… he did as much as any man of his time to develop a new understanding and interpretation of religion; more perhaps than any man he enabled the transition from the medieval to the modern outlook.”
Raven, Charles E. John Ray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1942:12).
In 2004 former JRI Vice-President Professor Sam Berry, wrote a detailed account of John Ray and his importance for both science and theology. It is available as a pdf to view online or download from this link.
Biographical details and a list of the works of John Ray are available on the Wikipedia page.
Professor R.J. (Sam) Berry died in March 2018. An appreciation is available from this page on the JRI website. This includes external links to additional information.