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Emeritus: Davis Young


  • 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

Professional Experience

  • 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

Research Interests

  • 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



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