Dr. Henry M. Morris
Father of the modern creation science movement
Founder of the Institute for Creation Research

Henry M. Morris is widely recognized as the founder of the modern creation science movement. He lectured and wrote extensively in defense of a literal interpretation of the Bible’s first book, Genesis—particularly the first 11 chapters.
Dr. Morris graduated in 1939 from Rice University in Houston with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He received his master’s degree in hydraulics in 1948 and his Ph.D. in hydraulic engineering in 1950 from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a professor of engineering at various universities, finally becoming department chair of civil engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Shortly after Dr. Morris received his bachelor’s degree from Rice, he accepted the Bible as the infallible and inspired Word of God. In 1961, Dr. Morris and Old Testament expert Dr. John C. Whitcomb published The Genesis Flood, widely acknowledged as the founding document of the creationist movement. Drawing on data from the disciplines of hydrology, geology, and archaeology, Drs. Morris and Whitcomb demonstrated how science affirms the biblical record of the great Deluge during the days of Noah.
Dr. Morris resigned from his post at Virginia Tech in 1969 and in 1970 founded the Institute for Creation Research. ICR’s goal was research, communication, and education in the fields of science that are particularly relevant to the study of origins. Dr. Morris wrote more than 60 books on topics that include creation science, evolution, and Christian apologetics, and he lectured worldwide at conferences, churches, and universities. He participated in over 100 debates with evolutionary scientists.
Dr. Morris officially retired in January 1996 and took the position of President Emeritus. He continued to write, producing books, Days of Praise devotionals, and articles for ICR’s monthly magazine, Acts & Facts. On February 25, 2006—at the age of 87 and after a full life devoted to the defense of the gospel—Dr. Morris left the hospital and entered into the joy of the Lord.

For more information on the life of Dr. Henry M. Morris, read “Man of Science, Man of God: Henry M. Morris” or see his biography, Henry M. Morris: Father of Modern Creationism.

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