Religious science founder Dr. Steve Novella, who died on Sunday at age 85, is credited with bringing together scientists, philosophers, theologians and philosophers of science to form the world’s largest scientific community.
Novella’s vision was to “redefine what science is, and what its future could be,” according to a biography by Dr. John C. MacGregor in The New York Times.
Navella, a Catholic, started his career in the 1920s as a chemist working at the University of California, Berkeley.
He began his career at the California Institute of Technology in the 1950s, where he taught chemistry and became the director of the Berkeley Lab’s experimental physics lab.
In the 1960s, Novellas research was featured in the PBS series “Sci-Fi,” which he created with producer Barbara Novelli.
Nadellas work on nuclear physics was cited in the 1969 movie “Apocalypse Now,” and he was honored in the film’s soundtrack.
In 1978, Nadellos work on the study of evolution in the 1960’s and 1970s earned him the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
Nadelli was one of the first scientists to discover the structure of DNA and later developed the theory of genetic inheritance.
Novello also was awarded the National Medal of Science.
His son, Steve Nadella, has worked at NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the World Health Organization and other agencies.
In 2013, Navellas son-in-law, Dr. Stephen Hawking, wrote a book called “A Brief History of Time.”
Novellias writings on the evolution of life have been influential in recent decades, as have his efforts to debunk the theory that the Earth is 9,000 years old.
His most recent book, “Science Is Not a Religion,” was published last year.
In a 2006 interview with NPR, Nirellas said he believed the Bible should be “referenced as a guide to understanding science.”
He continued, “I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked by people, ‘Well, you know, you’re a scientist, and you know about science, but you don’t believe in God.
Why don’t you just read the Bible?’
I think that’s a really good question, and I don’t have the answer.”
In 2011, Niven’s son, John, founded the Institute for Creation Research.
In the book, Nino Novelly, a science historian and the institute’s director, said his father was “absolutely committed to a scientific method of inquiry, and that’s what he was always talking about.”
Niven died in Scottsdale, Arizona.
He had been hospitalized for a number of illnesses over the years. He was 87.