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Edgar H. Andrews

Edgar Harold Andrews (born 16 December 1932, Didcot, Berkshire, UK) is an English physicist and engineer. He is Emeritus Professor of Materials at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published over 100 research papers and scientific books, along with two biblical commentaries and several books on science and religion and theology. His book From Nothing to Nature has been translated into ten languages. Edgar Andrews is described by historian of creationism Ronald Numbers as the United Kingdom's "most respected creationist scientist of the late twentieth century."

Edgar is married to Thelma and is co-pastor of the Campus Church in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.[1]

Contact information

Name: Edgar Harold Andrews
25 Russellcroft Road
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire, UK


Edgar Harold Andrews Ph.D. graduated with a bachelor of theoretical physics degree at the University of London in 1953. He obtained a Ph.D in applied physics in 1960 with the thesis "Fracture phenomena in elastomers" also from University of London. He obtained a DSc (higher doctorate) in physics in 1968 also from University of London. Edgar is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP), Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), Chartered Engineer (CEng, UK) and Chartered Physicist (CPhys). Andrews is also an international expert on the science of polymers (large molecules). Achieving a chartered status in any profession indicates to the community at large a high level of specialist subject knowledge and professional competence.

Edgar is also Emeritus Professor of Materials and head of Department of Materials Science at Queen Mary and Westfield College (University of London).


He worked from 1953 to 1955 as Technical Officer at Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd. in Welwyn Garden City. From 1955 until 1963 he held the position of Senior Physicist at Natural Rubber Producers’ Research Association, also in Welwyn. From 1963 to 1968 he was a Reader in Materials Science. In 1967 he set up the Department of Materials at Queen Mary College, University of London, and served both as its Head and later as Dean of Engineering (1971–1974). From 1968 to 1998 he was Professor of Materials at Queen Mary and Westfield College.

Besides his work at the university, he was also a director of: QMC Industrial Research London (1970–1988), Denbyware PLC (1971–1981, non-executive director), Materials Technology Consultants Ltd (1974–present), Evangelical Press (1975–2004) and Fire and Materials Ltd (1985–1988).[2]

For five years he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Neste Oy, the national oil company of Finland. He was and remains the first president of the Biblical Creation Society[3], and was Editor of Evangelical Times (1998–2008).

Edgar Andrews was an international consultant to the Dow Chemical Company (USA) for over thirty years and to the 3M Company (USA) for twenty years. He also acted for many years as an expert scientific witness in a variety of cases in the British High Court and in courts in the USA and Canada.[4]

Recognition and awards

In 1977 Edgar Andrews was awarded the A. A. Griffith Medal and Prize by the Materials Science Club for contributions to materials science.

Huxley Memorial Debate

Andrews was invited by the Oxford Union Society to take part in the Huxley Memorial Debate on 16 February 1986, where he debated opposite Richard Dawkins on the motion ‘That the doctrine of creation is more valid than the theory of evolution’. The proposer of the motion was A. E. Wilder-Smith. The opposers, Richard Dawkins and John Maynard Smith, won the debate by 198 votes to 115[5] or by 198 votes to 150, according to other sources.[6] According A. E. Wilder-Smith, the creationists won 'some 114 of the votes from the voting public of about 300'.[7] Before the voting took place at the end of the debate, Dawkins felt compelled to make an impassioned plea with the audience for a zero vote for creation. He later argue, "I do think every single vote in favour of creationism would be a disgrace to Oxford."[8]

In the end the creationists won some 114 of the votes from the voting public of about 300-which was quite surprising, as the Oxford Union represented the materialistic naturalistic evolutionary viewpoint of biogenesis
-A.E. Wilder-Smith (Fullfilled Journey)

Huxley Memorial Debate

The vote



Articles and other publications


Prof. Edgar Andrews Interview : Who Made God? A votação

External links


  1. "Contact and ministry". Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  2. "Wikipedia article: Edgar Andrews". Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  3. Morris, Henry M (1984). History of Modern Creationism. San Diego, California: Master Book Publishers. p. 294-295. ISBN 0-89051-102-0. 
  4. "An Interview with Who Made God? author, Edgar H. Andrews". August 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  5. John Durant, "Critical-Historical Perspective on the Argument about Evolution and Creation", in Evolution and Creation: A European Perspective (eds. Sven Anderson, Arthus Peacocke), Aarhus University Press, Aarhus, Denmark. ISBN 978-8772881140
  6. "The Huxley Memorial Debate:'That the Doctrine of Creation is more valid than the Theory of Evolution'". Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  7. Ernest, Arthur; Wilder-Smith, Beate; Wilder-Smith, Arthur E (1998). Fulfilled Journey. Costa Mesa, CA: TWFT Publishers. p. 480-484. ISBN 978-0-936728-75-9. 
  8. Fraudulent report at AAAS and the 1986 Oxford University debate