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Dr. Thomas G. Barnes (August 14, 191114 August 1911
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- October 23, 200123 October 2001
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) was a creationist physicist who made a significant contribution to creation science for more than 60 years. Although he trained as a physicist, his scientific work covered many fields, ranging from medicine to geophysics. His research led to patents on electronic sound-ranging devices, such as the Dodar (the forerunner of sonar), directional microphones, and magnetic sensing, electrochemical extraction and seismic energy devices. He also worked on the vector cardiograph, which was the first three-dimensional computer display to study the heart.

Dr. Barnes was Professor Emeritus of Physics of Texas Western College of the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was a faculty member for 43 years. He was also Director of the prestigious Schellenger Research Laboratories from its establishment in 1953 until 1965.

He earned his A.B. degree at Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, Texas) in 1933, and his M.S. at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island) in 1936 while studying under famous physicist R. B. Lindsay. In 1950, Hardin-Simmons University awarded him the D.Sc. degree.

From 1942 till 1945, Dr. Barnes did research as a physicist with Duke University. He worked as a consulting physicist for the U.S. Army Research Office in 1963, and conducted original research on seismic energy sources for Global Universal Sciences for many years from 1965. He helped develop equipment to study medical patients with heart abnormalities, and developed instruments for detecting enemy locations during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Barnes authored many scientific papers and books, and was the chairman of the committee that developed the Creation Research Society’s biology textbook published by Zondervan. He was a Director and former President of the Creation Research Society (1973-76), and was the first Dean of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) Graduate School, serving from its founding in 1981 until his retirement in 1984.

He contended that the earth's magnetic field was decaying at an exponential rate, and that this proved the earth could not be more than about 10,000 years old. He also maintained that the half-life of the earth's magnetic field was roughly 1400 years. His technical monograph for ICR, Origin and Destiny of the Earth’s Magnetic Field, in 1973, became a creationist classic.

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