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Famous Scientists That Continued to Believe in God

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Famous Scientists That Continued to Believe in God

What famous scientists maintained their faith? Interestingly, there is nothing that makes science and religion incompatible with one another. As such, you’ll find a who’s who of famous scientists who were devout and active practitioners of religion. With that in mind, let’s dive in and take a closer look.

Charles Townes

Townes maintained his faith throughout his entire life.

Townes is most known for linking the existence of a supermassive black hole to the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Beyond his work in science, he is one of many famous scientists with a strong foundation of faith. He once noted, “I strongly believe in God, based on intuition, observations, logic, and also scientific knowledge.”

George Washington Carver

Carver is renowned for his work in botany, but also led a devout spiritual life.

Known primarily for his work toward preventing the depletion of soil, George Washington Carver lived a very spiritual life. He’s one of the most famous scientists to come out of the United States, and was a Protestant Evangelist. About his faith he said, “Without God to draw aside the curtain, I would be helpless. Only alone can I draw close enough to God to discover His secrets.”

J.J. Thomson

Thomson is known for his work in the sciences, but also was a devout Anglican.

Interestingly, Thomson is best known for his discovery of the electron. He also helped developed the mass spectrometer, which helped with the discovery of isotopes of stable elements. Thomson was a practicing and devout Anglican, and freely espoused faith. He once simply stated, “Great are the works of the Lord.”

Werner Heisenberg

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Heisenberg was a devout Lutheran for most of his life.

Heisenberg is one of the chief architects behind quantum mechanics. As one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century, he is also known for developing the Heisenberg Uncertainy Principle. He was also a devout Lutheran, once stating, “The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”

Samuel Morse

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Morse was a devout Calvinist, and actually funded lectures proving that religion and science could co-exist.

Morse is known for his work in developing the single-wire telegraph and the invention of Morse code. Beyond this, he was a Calvinist with deep faith, funding a series of lectures linking religion to science. Despite being one of the most famous scientists to live, he once stated, “I have never seen any convincing proof of the existence of a supernatural being that did not show itself in the wonderful operations of God’s own power.”

John Ambrose Fleming

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Fleming catapulted the world toward electronics with his invention of the vacuum tube.

Fleming’s invention of the thermionic valve catapulted the world into the electric age. As one of the most famous scientists of the late 19th and 20th century, he also wrote the book on electric motors and generators. He was a devout Christian as well, once stating, “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.”

Charles Babbage

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Babbage’s computer helped kickstart a revolution, but he led a spiritual life.

Babbage’s invention of the Analytical Engine helped kickstart the age of computing. As one of the most famous scientists of the 19th century, he was also a devout Protestant. He once stated, “Miracles may be, for anything we know to the contrary, phenomena of a higher order of God’s laws, superior to, and under certain conditions, controlling the inferior order.”

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