Robert Jastrow (1925 – 2008) was an American astronomer and planetary physicist. He was a leading NASA scientist. He struggled with concepts of God and described himself as “agnostic, and not a believer.” He came to realize that the beginning of the universe, and the Big Bang pointed to a Creator. He is quoted as saying
“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
25 Famous Scientists on God
by Javier Ordovas
Who says science and religion don’t mix?
Not these Nobel laureates and pioneers in science.
My favorite is the final one.
A business card and a big surprise:
"A young college student was traveling in the same railway compartment as an elderly man who was praying his Rosary. The young man dared to confront him: “Instead of praying the Rosary, why don’t you take the time to learn and educate yourself a little more? I can send you an instructive book.” The old man replied: “Please send me the book at this address, and he handed the young man his card. The card read: Luis Pasteur, Paris Institute of Science. The college student felt quite ashamed. He had planned to give advice to the most famous scholar of his time, the inventor of vaccines, esteemed worldwide and a devotee of the Rosary.”