The Scientist series

As part of our Messy Church Does Science project, we're demonstrating that science and faith are complementary. We'll be shining a spotlight on famous scientists who are also Christians.

No. 1: Michael Faraday

(1791–1867)

Faraday started off his career as a chemist but his major contribution was in the field of electricity and magnetism. He was the first to produce an electric current from a magnetic field, invented the first electric motor and dynamo, demonstrated the relation between electricity and chemical bonding, discovered the effect of magnetism on light, and discovered and named diamagnetism, the peculiar behaviour of certain substances in strong magnetic fields.His family belonged to a small Christian sect called Sandemanians and this provided spiritual sustenance to Faraday throughout his life. It was the single most important influence upon him and strongly affected the way in which he approached and interpreted nature.

No. 2: Georges Lemaitre

(1894-1966)

A Belgian astronomer and cosmologist who formulated the modern big-bang theory. In January 1933, the Belgian mathematician and Catholic priest. Georges Lemaitre travelled with Albert Einstein to California for a series of seminars. After the Belgian detailed his Big Bang theory, Einstein stood up applauded, and said, "This is the most beautiful and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened."