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Walter Lammerts

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Dr. Walter Edward Lammerts (Born::September 25, 1904-Died::June 4, 1996) has a doctorate in genetics, and is well known as a prominent breeder of roses. He reportedly produced 46 new varieties of roses between 1940 and 1981 including the famous Queen Elizabeth. Twenty-five percent of his roses were chosen by the All-American Rose Selection for the years top rose variations. As a result of his efforts the American Rose Society created an entirely new class of rose known as the Grandiflora.

It would not be inappropriate to state that Walter Lammerts is one of the fathers of the modern creation science movement. He was the first president of the Creation Research Society (the first creationist organization in the U.S.), which was founded by 10 scientists in 1964. Dr Lammerts was also the editor of the Creation Research Society Quarterly (CRSQ) from 1964 to 1968. Most notably, he was an active researcher for several decades in biological and geological sciences, and much of his work was published in the CRSQ.

Overthrust Research

In 1956 Dr. Lammerts did research on overthrusts, such as the Lewis "overthrust" in Glacier National Park (CRSQ 3(1):61-62), and subsequently on the Glarus "overthrust" near Schwanden, Switzerland (CRSQ 8(4):251-255). In a series of papers in the CRSQ Volumes 2, 4, & 6 Walter Lammerts presented data which are very damaging to the idea that mutations could have supplied the means of change that would have allowed evolution to occur. He also did an extensive study of Galapagos Island finches at the California Academy of Science, which is published in CRSQ 3(1):73-79. Along with George Howe he published a plant succession study during which they observe the effect of natural selection under widely divergent conditions.(CRSQ 10(4):208-228) And in 1983 Dr. Lammerts did a study on Bristlecone Pine during which it was determined that under certain experimental conditions, extra growth rings could be induced, calling into question the reliability of dendrochronology in establishing accurate absolute ages.(CRSQ 20(2):108-15)

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