Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries

Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), physics

Formulator of the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.

Do not be afraid of being free thinkers. If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God, which is the foundation of all Religion. You will find science not antagonistic, but helpful to Religion.

The Times, May 2, 1903, Lord Kelvin on Religion and Science, corrected by Lord Kelvin himself in The Life of William Thompson, Baron Kelvin of Largs, by S.P. Thompson

Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1907), pioneer of anaesthetics

But again I looked and saw Jesus, my substitute, scourged in my stead and dying on the cross for me. I looked and cried and was forgiven. And it seems to be my duty to tell you of that Saviour, to see if you will not also look and live: How simple it all becomes when the Holy Spirit opens the eyes!

From his own personal testimony, St Columba’s Free Church, Edinburgh, where he was an elder, reproduced by Sovereign Grace Union

Lord Joseph Lister (1827-1912), pioneer of antiseptics

I am a believer in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.196, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

Sir Ambrose Fleming (1849-1945), pioneer of electronics

There is abundant evidence that the Bible, though written by men, is not the product of the human mind. By countless multitudes it has always been revered as a communication to us from the Creator of the Universe.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.217, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

George Washington Carver (1864-1943), pioneer of agricultural chemistry

Without my Saviour I am nothing.

The Lord has guided me. He has shown me the way, just as he will show everyone who turns to Him.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.228, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

Max Planck (1858-1947), pioneer of quantum physics

Both religion and science need for their activities the belief in God, and moreover God stands for the former in the beginning, and for the latter at the end of the whole thinking. For the former, God represents the basis, for the latter – the crown of any reasoning concerning the world-view.

Max Planck, Religion und Naturwissenschaft, Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag, 1958, 27

Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977), pioneer of space rockets

An outlook… at the vast mysteries of the universe should only confirm our belief in the certainty of its Creator.

[Scientific concepts] exist only in the minds of men. Behind these concepts lies the reality which is being revealed to us, but only by the grace of God.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.250-1, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

In conclusion

Many more pages of quotations of famous scientists and medical pioneers could be put together, but it would become a book, which is beyond the purpose of this article. The reader will also notice that I have not included anybody since Wernher von Braun died in 1977. This is not because there have not been any important scientists and medical pioneers who are Christians since then; on the contrary there have been many. However, many of those I have cited here were key founders of most of the major branches of science, and my purpose has been to show that Christians have clearly been heavily involved in the foundation and development of modern science, despite what today’s myth-makers would claim.