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Author Of Book On Science And Christianity To Lecture In Oswego

Dr.  Henry F. (Fritz) Schaefer
Dr. Henry F. (Fritz) Schaefer

Dr. Henry F. (Fritz) Schaefer, one of the most distinguished physical scientists in the world, will soon speak at Oswego State University. Professor Schaefer has been the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia since 1987. Prior to this, he was a faculty member at the University of California at Berkley for 18 years, where he remains Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus. He completed a B.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D at Stanford University, both in chemical physics. Dr. Schaefer has authored over 1,000 articles that have been published in leading chemical journals and his academic honors are extensive. He has lectured throughout the world on his research in chemistry, as well as the relationship between science and Christianity. Moreover, his general interest lectures on science and religion have drawn large audiences in nearly all the major universities in the United States and in many other countries.

Dr. Schaefer’s book, “Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence?”, issued from his worldwide lectures and a popular two credit freshmen seminar, of the same title, at the University of Georgia. It is a compilation of essays distilled and enriched from his various lectures that address many important subjects in a straightforward and gracious manner, including much good humor. His treatment of C.S. Lewis’ concern about scientism is worthy of a literature professor and his handling of historical and philosophical issues is excellent. He does not over simplify the science, but does make it accessible for the general reader. It is an excellent resource on the subject, as the closing section of comments by many prestigious reviewers makes plain. Book signings will follow each of his two lectures.

The first lecture in his field of expertise, “From Charge Transfer Complexes to Gallium Nitride Nanorods”, will be held Thursday, September 17, at 4 pm in Snygg Hall, Room 127. The second lecture on the relationship of this field to the Christian faith, “Science & Christianity: Conflict or Coherence?”, will begin that evening at 7 pm in Lanigan Hall, Room 101.

It is the goal of the sponsors to hold semi-annual lectures of this nature, one in the fall in the sciences and another in the spring in the arts, depending largely on the support of interested people and groups.

The lectures, sponsored by IXTHUS Christian Study Group at Oswego State University, are open to the public and free of charge. For accommodations and other information, contact Carolyn Austin at 343-7112 or [email protected]