List of Christian Scientists and Intellectuals

List of scientists and intellectuals who believed in God and helped made the world a better place

Beginning of the Modern Era

  • Albrecht von Haller (Father of modern physiology)
  • Alessandro Volta (Hydraulic press and mechanical calculator)
  • Antoine Lavoisier (Compound of H2O)
  • Bernhard Riemann (General relativity)
  • Carl Friedrich Gauss (Law of magnetism)
  • Charles Babbage (Father of computer, Analytical Engine)
  • Florence Nightingale (Sanitary reforms)
  • Gregor Mendel (Genetics)
  • Humphry Davy (electrical nature of chemical bonding; safety lamp)
  • Isaac Newton (Laws of gravitation & motion)
  • James Clerk Maxwell (Kinetic theory)
  • John Ambrose Fleming (Invented thermionic valve)
  • John Dalton (Law of partial gas pressures)
  • Leonhard Euler (Mathematician)
  • Mary Anning (Plesiosaur, diets of dinosaurs)
  • Michael Faraday (Electromagnetic induction)
  • Nicolas Steno (Founder of modern geology & stratigraphy)
  • Robert Boyle (Boyle’s law)
  • Samuel Morse (Developed the Morse code)
  • Willard Gibbs (Chemical thermodynamics)
  • William Thomson, aka Lord Kelvin (Kelvin scale)

Post-Modern Era

  • Arthur Compton  (Particle of light)
  • Arthur Eddington (Verified Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity)
  • Charles Barkla (Excited atoms)
  • Charles Townes (Laser & Maser)
  • Ernest Walton  (Artificially split the atom)
  • George Washington Carver (Nitrogen providing peanuts)
  • Georges Lemaître (Hubble’s law)
  • J. J. Thomson (Mass spectrometer, evidence for isotopes)
  • John Eccles (Physiology of synapses)
  • Ronald Fisher (Variance)
  • Werner Heisenberg (Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle)

Present Era

  • Hugh Ross is a Canadian Astrophysicist, Christian apologist, and old-Earth creationist. He founded Answers in Genesis that marries scientific data with the Bible.
  • Francis Collins is an American physician-geneticist who discovered the genes associated with a number of diseases and led the Human Genome Project. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science.
  • Michael Behe is an American biochemist and advocate of the pseudoscientific principle of Intelligent Design (I.D.) and Irreducible Complexity. He is also a fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.
  • John C. Lennox is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford. He is a Christian apologist who wrote several books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity.

Nobel Prize Scientists who are Christians

Although Alfred Nobel himself became an agnostic, he continued to support the church during his time. Since the first Nobel prize laureate in 1901, there are more than 50 Nobel Laureates and great scientists who believe in God and the Bible. [See complete list]

Lord Rayleigh
Joseph John Thomson
Guglielmo Marconi
Max von Laue
Charles Glover Barkla
Robert Andrews Millikan
Arthur Holly Compton
Werner Heisenberg
Victor Francis Hess
Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton
Charles Hard Townes
Antony Hewish
William Daniel Phillips
Peter Grünberg
Fritz Haber
Richard E. Smalley
Gerhard Ertl
Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Emil Theodor Kocher
Alexis Carrel
Karl Landsteiner
Gerty Theresa Cori, née Radnitz
Sir John Carew Eccles
Werner Arber
Ferid Murad
Sir John B. Gurdon

Most outspoken Nobel prize winner on God’s existence today

  • Dr. William D. Phillips is an American physicist with a Nobel Prize in physics for his laser work. He said, “I believe in a personal God who acts in and interacts with the creation… development of life suggest that an intelligent Creator is responsible.
  • Joseph H. Taylor, Jr. was an American astrophysicist who studied gravitation and won the Nobel Laureate in physics to discover the first known binary pulsar. His discovery supported the Big Bang theory. He said in 2002, “There is no conflict between science and religion…
List of Atheists Scientists who became a Christian.


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