- Hometown: Abington, Pennsylvania
- Hobbies include birding (life list of 1000 species), and listening to music by Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner
- Received B.S.E. at Princeton University, 1962
- Received M.S. at Pennsylvania State University, 1965
- Acquired Ph.D. at Brown University, 1969
- Began teaching at New York University (1968-1973)
- Switched to University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1973-1978)
- Started teaching at Calvin in 1978
- Retired in Tuscan, AZ, in 2004
- Returned to Grand Rapids in 2014
- Co-author of 10 books on the history of geology and the relationship between christian faith and geology
- 2009 Mary C. Rabbit History of Geology Award Recipient
- Publication of For Me to Live Is Christ, a biography of my father, Old Testament scholar, Edward J. Young.
- Editing of Recollections of a Petrologist, a 500+ page autobiographical memoir byJoseph Paxson Iddings, America’s premier igneous petrologist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
- Research on the doctrine of creation in regard to the scientific enterprise.
- The history of igneous petrology
- The integration of science and Christian faith