Famous Creation Scientist
People always wonder, “Can you be a Christian and be a scientist?” The answer to that question is a resounding yes! Below, you will find a list of famous scientists that are not only Christian but, at time of publishing, most professed to be a Biblical/Young Earth Creationist (YEC).
For example, many of the founding fathers of modern science (Galileo, Kepler, Copernicus, Newton, Boyle, Faraday, Halley, Linnaeus) were believers in the literal 6-day 6000 year history of the Universe (Biblical creation). Their belief was based on an acceptance of the book of Genesis as a trustworthy narrative.
Being a Christian did not hinder these scientists in their commitment to the “scientific method.” In fact, one of them, Sir Francis Bacon, is credited with formulating and establishing the scientific method! They seem also to have been able to maintain a proper “scientific attitude,” for it was these men (Newton, Pasteur, Linnaeus, Faraday, Pascal, Lord Kelvin, Maxwell, Kepler, etc.) whose research and analyses led to the very laws and concepts of science which brought about our modern scientific age. The mechanistic scientists of the present are dwarfed in comparison to these intellectual giants of the past. Even the achievements of an Einstein (not to mention Darwin!) are trivial in comparison.*
Many were strong opponents of Darwinism (Agassiz, Pasteur, Lord Kelvin, Maxwell, Dawson, Virchow, Fabre, Fleming, etc.). Even those who lived before Darwin were strong opponents of earlier evolutionary systems, not to mention pantheism, atheism, and other such anti-supernaturalist philosophies.
Is it true that no ‘real’ scientist can be a creationist? Many of the founding fathers of modern science were Bible-believing Christians, as were many of the lesser known scientists who expanded our scientific knowledge. Watch this episode of Creation Magazine Live which examines the lives of brilliant men of science who were also men of God.
Physicist & Astronomers:
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) (YEC).
Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) (YEC).
Johann Kepler (1571–1630): Wrote the Three Laws of Planetary Motion (YEC).
Isaac Newton (1642–1727): Laws of Motion, Calculus (YEC)
Sir William Herschel (1738-1822): Shape of Milky-Way, discovered Uranus and the sixth and seventh moons of Saturn and he also composed 24 symphonies.
James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879): Electrodynamics – Father of modern physics, acknowledged as the nineteenth century scientist whose work had the greatest influence on twentieth century physics (YEC).
Other Scientific Fields:
Francis Bacon (1561–1626): Scientific method
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662): Hydrostatics, Barometer (YEC)
Robert Boyle (1627–1691): Turned Chemistry into a science (YEC)
John Ray (1627-1705): Founder of Biology (YEC)
Nicolaus Steno (1631–1686): Stratigraphy; the Father of Geology (received a Google doodle 1/11/12 in honor of his 376th birthday (YEC).
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz (1646–1716): Mathematics, Co-inventor of calculus.
John Flamsteed (1646–1719): Greenwich Observatory Founder; Astronomy
Carolus Linnaeus (1707–1778): Taxonomy; modern biological classification system (YEC)
Georges Cuvier (1769–1832): Anatomy, Paleontology
Andrew Ure (1778–1857): Geology, Chemistry
Michael Faraday (1791–1867): Electromagnetics; Field theory, Generator (YEC)
Richard Owen (1804–1892): Zoology; Paleontology
Matthew Maury (1806–1873: Oceanography
James Joule (1818–1889): Thermodynamics (YEC)
Gregor Mendel (1822–1884): Genetics (YEC)
Louis Pasteur (1822–1895): Immunization (YEC)
Lord Kelvin (1824–1907): Thermodynamics
Michael Idvorsky Pupin (1858–1935): Physicist, Inventor, 34 patents, 18 honorary degrees (YEC)
George Washington Carver (1864–1943): Inventor (YEC)
Dr Frank Marsh (1899–1992): Biology (plant ecology) (YEC)
Ernst Chain (1906–1979): Shared the 1945 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for co-discovering penicillin. Chain was a devout Orthodox Jew and strongly anti-Darwinian.
Dr Richard (Rick) Smalley (1943–2005): Nanotechnology, Nobel Prize
John Baumgardner: Los Alamos National Laboratory – planetary mantle dynamics/climate modeling (YEC)
Dr Raymond Damadian: Inventor of MRI machine (YEC)
For additional biography’s of modern and historical scientist who believe in a creator:
Is there discrimination against Christian/creation scientists?
- Contemporary suppression of the theistic worldview
- The frightful level of thought control in American academia
- The tyranny of ‘tolerance’