Harold Coward
Born1936 (age 84–85)
Scientific career
FieldsBioethics, Religious Studies

Harold Coward FRSC (born 1936) is a Canadian scholar of bioethics and religious studies.[1] A Bachelor in Divinity (Christian Theology), he earned a doctoral degree in Philosophy in 1973 from the McMaster University. He was a professor at University of Victoria and the University of Calgary. He is particularly known for his studies of Indian religions, as an editor of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1991.[2][3]

Coward is the author of many publications and has been profiled in The Vancouver Sun.[4]

Coward's works and publications have been discussed multiple times in popular media.[5][6][7] In 1994, The Vancouver Sun described Coward as "one of the world's leaders in creating a constructive religious response to the population crisis".[8] In 1997, Coward was described as "arguably the most dynamic religion scholar in Canada today".[4]

Coward was the first director at the University of Calgary Press (1981–83).[9]

Coward was director of the University of Victoria's Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.[4] Coward is a director at Genome British Columbia.[10]

An honorary collection of essays has been dedicated to Coward.[11]

Publications (selected)

Dedicated to Coward


  1. ^ "India, his beacon of light" The Hindu. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  2. ^ Francis X Clooney (2002), Contribution of Harold Coward to the Study of Religions and Hindu-Christian Studies, Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, Volume 15, pp. 35–42
  3. ^ Harold G. Coward, Saint Mary's University
  4. ^ a b c Todd, Douglas (21 June 1997 (reposted on 20 April 2011)). "Harold Coward profile: An ethical subversive (UPDATED)". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 6 October 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Todd, Douglas (16 April 2011). "Too busy to reflect on life? And afterlife?". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  6. ^ "In search of a 'good death'" Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  7. ^ "Journeys of the Spirit: New Age 2013" Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  8. ^ Todd, Douglas (27 August 1994 (reposted on 20 April 2011)). "Defusing the population time bomb". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 6 October 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Anonymous. "HISTORY: University of Calgary Press - 25th Anniversary – 2006". University of Calgary Press. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  10. ^ Executive Profile: Harold Coward (accessed 5 October 2014).
  11. ^ Hawley, edited by Pashaura Singh, Michael (2013). Re-imagining South Asian religions : essays in honour of professors Harold G. Coward and Ronald W. Neufeldt. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. ISBN 9789004242364. OCLC 809989042.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)