Below is a large listing of scientists who are people of faith—believers in God.  Some are well-known, others less so. Many are Catholic, many are not. Most are Christian, but some are not.  Scroll down to discover many different scientists of faith!


Pope Sylvester II

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946–1003, Pope. Mathematician, reintroduced the abacus.

St. Hildegarde of Bingen

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1098-  pharmacologist, doctor of the church

Fr. José de Acosta SJ

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1540-1600, geographer

Fr. Jean Leurechon SJ

Fr. Jean Leurechon

1591-1670, mathematics, thermometer

Fr. Nicolas Steno

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1638-1686 priest, medicine, geology

Br. Georg Joseph Kamel SJ

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1661-1706, brother, botanist

Fr. Giuseppe Piazzi

Fr. Giuseppe Piazzi

1746-1826 priest, mathematician, and astronomer.

Fr. Gregor Mendel OSA

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1822-1884, biology, genetics

Fr. Roger Boscovich

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1711-1787, physicist, atomic theory and fields

Fr. Angelo Secchi

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1818 – 1878 priest, scientist, astronomer, director of the Observatory at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Elizabeth Blackwell

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1821-1910 first woman to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine

Maximilian Hell

Maximilian Hell

1720-1792 astronomer

René Just Haüy

René Just Haüy

1743-1822, mineralogist, crystallography

Alessandro Volta

Alessandro Volta

1745-1827, chemist, physicist, electrochemistry

1775-1836, physicist

Amedeo Avogadro

Amedeo Avogadro

1776-1856, chemist, counting up atoms

René Laennec

René Laennec

1781-1826 physician, stethoscope

Eduard Heis

Eduard Heis

1806-1877 astronomer

Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur

1822-1895, chemistry, handedness of life

Charles Hermite

Charles Hermite

1822-1901, mathematician

St. Francesco Faà di Bruno

St. Francesco Faà di Bruno

1825-1888 saint, mathematician

Fr. Johann Georg Hagen

Fr. Johan Georg Hagen

1847-1930 priest, astronomer

Antoine Henri Becquerel

Antoine Henri Becquerel

1852-1908, physicist, Nobelist, radioactivity

Fr. Ethelbert Blatter SJ

Ethelbert Blatter

1877-1934 priest, botanist

George de Hevesy

George de Hevesy

1885-1966, chemistry, Nobelist, radiotracers

Dr. Mary Poonen Lukose

Dr. Mary Poonen Lukose

1886-1976 physician, first woman surgeon general in India

Bernardo Alberto Houssay

Bernardo Alberto Houssay

1887-1971, physician, Nobelist

George Lemaître

George Lemaître

1894-1966, mathematician, computer scientist, astrophysicist
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Sr. Emilia Ponzoni

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sister, astrophysics, computer

Sr. Regina Colombo

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sister, astrophysics, computer

Sr. Concetta Finardi

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sister, astrophysics, computer

Sr. Luigia Panceri

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sister, astrophysics, computer

Gerty Cori

Gerty Cori

1896-1957, biochemist, Nobelist

Carl Ferdinand Cori

Carl Ferdinand Cori

1896-1984, biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobelist

Fr. Hermenegild Santapau SJ

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1903-1970, priest, botanist

Sr. Mary Celine Fasenmyer, R.S.M.

Sr. Mary Celine Fasenmyer, R.S.M.

1906-1996, sister, mathematics, computer science

Sr. Mary Kenneth Keller, B.V.M.

Sr. Mary Kenneth Keller, B.V.M.

1913-1985, sister, computer science

Fr. Joseph Pallithanam SJ

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1915–1984, priest, botanist

Fr. Roberto Busa, S.J.

Fr. Roberto Busa, S.J.

1913-2011 priest, digital humanities, headed Index Thomisticus project.

John C. Sheehan

John Clark Sheehan

1915-1992 chemist, practical synthesis of penicillin.

Marthe Gautier

Marthe Gautier

1925, pediatric cardiologist, genetics, Downs

Fr. Cecil Saldanha SJ

Fr. Cecil Saldanha SJ

1926-2002, priest, botanist

Jerome Lejuene

Jérôme Lejeune

1926-1994, French Catholic pro-life paediatrician and geneticist, best known for his discovery of the link of diseases to chromosome abnormalities (Downs). He developed the karyotype.

Fr. Visuvasam Manickam SJ

Fr. Visuvasam Manickam SJ

1944-2012, priest, botanist

Fr. Koyapillil Matthew SJ

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1930–2004. priest. He extensively studied the floral diversity of Tamil Nadu, and published several research papers and books.

Pope Francis

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1936, Pope. Chemist, author of Laudato Si’

Dr. Vera Rubin

Dr. Vera Rubin

1928-2016, astronomer, Dark Matter

Br. Guy Consolmagno

U.S. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno is an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory. He is seen at the American Academy in Rome April 7, 2011. (CNS/Paul Haring)

1952- . American research astronomer, Jesuit brother, Director of the Vatican Observatory, and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.