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Michael Behe

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Michael J. Behe (b. Born::January 18, 1952) is a leading advocate of the intelligent design movement. He is perhaps best known for an intelligent design test he devised known as irreducible complexity, which he details in his book Darwin's Black Box. He is now a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute, and a fellow of the International Society for Complexity Information and Design. Behe's current research involves computer simulation of the evolution of protein binding sites.

Behe was born in 1952 and grew up in as a Roman Catholic attending Parochial schools in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[1] In 1974 he graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 researching sickle-cell disease for his dissertation. He worked as a post doctorate at the National Institutes of Health from 1978 until 1982. And from 1982 to 1985, he was assistant professor of chemistry at Queens College in New York City, which is where he met his wife, Celeste. They are happily married and have 9 children.[2] Today Michael Behe is a tenured professor of biochemistry in the Department of Biological Sciences, at Lehigh University.[3]

Although he remained a devout Catholic, Behe grew up believing evolutionism until he read Michael Denton's book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Dr. Behe accepts the ancient age of the earth (billions of years), and has said that he has no particular reason to doubt common descent.[Reference needed]

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Michael Behe
Department of Biological Sciences
Iacocca Hall, Building 111
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-3000
Email: mjb1@Lehigh.EDU
Alt Email: info@ideacenter.org

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