Award-winning science historian, author and screenwriter James Burke was born in Northern Ireland and educated at Jesus College, Oxford University, where he received his Master of Arts Degree in English Literature. Upon leaving Oxford, Burke taught at the universities of Bologna and Urbino, Italy and was director of the English Schools at Bologna and at Rome. He also was a contributor to the production of the major Italian-English dictionary (Zanichelli).
Burke, James, "Mechanisms of Change: Do Lemons Whistle?" (1997). James R. Thompson Leadership Lectures. 3.