Saturday, April 04, 2009

Catholic Scientists - an Index

My project for Lent, 2009 is this series of glimpses into the life and work of Catholic scientists - drawn from the works of S. L. Jaki, Fr. Kneller, Dr. Walsh, the Catholic Encyclopedia and other sources.

Introduction - the Heart of Jesus & Mary, Seat of Wisdom

1206-1280 St. Albert the Great, O.P., patron of science
?-1184 St. Bénezet the Bridge Builder and
1199-1252 St. Ferdinand III, King of Castile, founder of the university of Salamanca, patron of engineering
121?-1277 Pope John XXI, ophthalmologist

1638-1686 Nicholas of Steno (Stensen), bishop
1588-1648 Marin Mersenne, priest, order of Minims
13??-14?? Jean (John) Buridan
1601-1680 Athanasius Kircher S. J.
132?-1382 Nicole Oresme, Bishop of Lisieux
1861-1916 Pierre Duhem, thermodynamicist and historian of science

1789-1857 Augustin Cauchy, mathematician
1436-1476 Johann Müller ("Regiomontanus"), bishop of Ratisbon, astronomer
1801-1858 Johann Müller, physiologist
1737-1798 Luigi Galvani, physician and father of electricity
1822-1884 Gregor Mendel, Augustinian abbot, geneticist
1788-1827 Augustin-Jean Fresnel, physicist of optics

1746-1826 Giuseppe (Joseph) Piazzi, Theatine monk, astronomer
1810-1882 Theodore Schwann, biologist
1763-1829 Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist, and
1777-1857 Louis Jacques Thénard, chemist
1822-1895 Louis Pasteur, chemist, biologist, physiologist
1564-1642 Galileo Galilei, astronomer
1822-1901 Charles Hermite, mathematician

1811-1877 Urbain-Jean-Joseph Leverrier, astronomer
1874-1937 Guglielmo Marconi, father of radio
1745-1827 Alessandro Volta, physicist of electricity
1743-1822 Fr. René-Just Haüy, father of scientific crystallography
1781-1826 René Laënnec, physician
1743-1794 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, chemist

1762-1833 Fr. Pierre André Latreille, founder of modern entomology
1799-1883 Joachim Barrande, paleontologist
1718-1799 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, polymath
1473-1543 Nicolaus Copernicus, astronomer
1682-1771 Giovanni Battista Morgagni, father of modern pathology
1775-1836 Andre Ampère, physicist of electricity

(to be continued...)

For books by S. L. Jaki, see, which also reprinted Father Karl A. Kneller's Christianity and the Leaders of Modern Science.
The Catholic Encyclopedia is available here. Dr. Walsh's books appear to be mostly out of print, but I have found some through Loome.


At 25 March, 2009 22:40, Blogger Maureen said...

Awesome list Dr. Thursday -- thank you!

At 25 March, 2009 22:41, Blogger Maureen said...

PS I just started reading Seashell on the Mountaintop about Nicolaus Steno. Bought it for the kids but I couldn't help but pick it up myself.

At 30 December, 2009 08:52, Anonymous Ian Maxfield said...

You may be interested to know that I produce a podcast on the Catholic faith and science -

God Bless, Ian.

At 21 August, 2010 09:29, Blogger Becky said...

I used your "Catholic Scientists - an Index" information last year for teaching science to my 5th & 7th grade daughters. Am "countering" a protestant bias in our science books that I generally like, decidedly anti-Catholic at moments. School is starting again, and I find myself back to perusing the web for Catholic wisdom.

Are you going to continue the list/articles? Sure would like to see more! Thanks.


At 25 August, 2010 10:52, Blogger Dr. Thursday said...

Becky, I don't know if you saw my latest post - I will try to augment the collection as time permits. In the interim, I mention some books you might use to aid your work.


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