Catholic Scientists
 A Collection of Religious Catholic Scientists
                - Part 1 -
                            ...
Hermann
Contractus
1013 - 1054
Monk
Born a cripple
Theology, mathematics,
astronomy, music, Latin,
Greek and Arabic
Poet a...
Robert Grossteste
1175 - 1253
Bishop of Lincoln
Head of Oxford University
Insisted on use of original
authorities and expe...
Albertus Magnus

 1200’s
 Authority on physics, geography,
 astronomy, mineralogy,
 chemistry, zoology, and
 physiology
 “...
Roger Bacon
1214 - 1294
Great scientist but not a prudent
one
Wrote on reflection of light,
mirages, celestial bodies, ecl...
Nicolas of Cusa
 1400 - 1464
 Cardinal, mathematician and
 canon lawyer
 W on law, philosophy,
    rote
 theology and scie...
Christopher Sheiner

1575 - 1650
Astronomer and priest
Professor of mathematics
Invested the pantograph - a
copying instru...
Nicoaus Steno
 1638 - 1686
 Danish pioneer in both anatomy and
 geology
 Studied the brain, heart & nerve
 system, and dis...
Roger Joseph
       Boscovish
1711 - 1787
Mathematician, astronomer,
physicist, poet, diplomat, priest
Investigated the sh...
Pierre-Andre Latreille

  1762 - 1833
  Zoologist and priest
  Father of entomology
  Member of French
  Academy of Scienc...
Angelo Secchi
1818 - 1878
Italian astronomer and Jesuit
Director of the observatory at the
Pontifical Gregorian University...
Gregor Mendel
 1822 - 1884
 Father of Genetics
 Teacher until 1851, he studied
 mathematics, physics, and
 natural science...
Georges Lemaitre
1896 - 1965
Physicist and priest
Father of cosmology
He united Einstein’s
equations of general relativity...
You - maybe?
      Over 1000 years of Catholic
      Science
      Over 200 ‘noted’ Catholic
      Scientists, many of who...
Want to know more?
Visit The Catholic Laboratory
      www.catholiclab.net
      A podcast about the
 Catholic Faith and S...
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Religious Catholic Scientists - Part 1

  1. 1. Catholic Scientists A Collection of Religious Catholic Scientists - Part 1 - © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  2. 2. Hermann Contractus 1013 - 1054 Monk Born a cripple Theology, mathematics, astronomy, music, Latin, Greek and Arabic Poet and chronicler Built astronomical and musical instruments © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  3. 3. Robert Grossteste 1175 - 1253 Bishop of Lincoln Head of Oxford University Insisted on use of original authorities and experiment in science Wrote a commentary on the ‘Physics’ of Aristotle Investigated meteorology, light, colour, cosmogony and optics Opposed papal abuses of the time © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  4. 4. Albertus Magnus 1200’s Authority on physics, geography, astronomy, mineralogy, chemistry, zoology, and physiology “The aim of natural science is not simply to accept the statements of others, but to investigate the causes that are at work in nature” He understood that the Church is not opposed to study of nature Patron Saint of Scientists © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  5. 5. Roger Bacon 1214 - 1294 Great scientist but not a prudent one Wrote on reflection of light, mirages, celestial bodies, eclipses and conjunctions. T to explain tides, proved ried Julian calendar wrong, discussed gunpowder possibility of steam vessels, microscopes and telescopes and many others things which eventually came to pass © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  6. 6. Nicolas of Cusa 1400 - 1464 Cardinal, mathematician and canon lawyer W on law, philosophy, rote theology and science Astronomical views were completely independent of the time - he did not support them with observation Stated that celestial bodies were not strictly spherical, nor are their orbits circular © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  7. 7. Christopher Sheiner 1575 - 1650 Astronomer and priest Professor of mathematics Invested the pantograph - a copying instrument Undertook a systematic study of the sun for 16 years Studied the eye and confirmed retina as ‘seat’ of vision © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  8. 8. Nicoaus Steno 1638 - 1686 Danish pioneer in both anatomy and geology Studied the brain, heart & nerve system, and discovered the parotid salivary gland (named ‘Stensen’s Duct’ after Steno) The father of geology and stratiography, proposing theory of Convert to Catholicism from Lutheranism and became Bishop Dedicated his religious life to helping the poor Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1987 © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  9. 9. Roger Joseph Boscovish 1711 - 1787 Mathematician, astronomer, physicist, poet, diplomat, priest Investigated the shape of the earth, gravitation, and orbit of comets Pope’s advisor on engineering and mapped the Papal States Instrumental in getting decree against Copernicus dropped © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  10. 10. Pierre-Andre Latreille 1762 - 1833 Zoologist and priest Father of entomology Member of French Academy of Sciences Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Assigned many of the insect taxa still in use today © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  11. 11. Angelo Secchi 1818 - 1878 Italian astronomer and Jesuit Director of the observatory at the Pontifical Gregorian University Pioneered astronomical spectroscopy and is a founding father of astrophysics Achievements include discovery of 3 comets, cataloguing double stars, and developing a system of stellar classification. © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  12. 12. Gregor Mendel 1822 - 1884 Father of Genetics Teacher until 1851, he studied mathematics, physics, and natural sciences His experiments on sweet peas are the foundation for our understanding of genetics and inheritance Darwin had read Mendel - according to Darwin’s cousin © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  13. 13. Georges Lemaitre 1896 - 1965 Physicist and priest Father of cosmology He united Einstein’s equations of general relativity and Hubble’s observations Proposed the ‘primeval atom theory’ of the universe - a precursor to the ‘The Big Bang’ theory © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  14. 14. You - maybe? Over 1000 years of Catholic Science Over 200 ‘noted’ Catholic Scientists, many of whom were and are priests The Catholic Church is credited with the birth of science during the 11th Century Proof that it is possible to be a Scientist and be Catholic! © The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net
  15. 15. Want to know more? Visit The Catholic Laboratory www.catholiclab.net A podcast about the Catholic Faith and Science

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