A. E. Wilder-Smith

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A. E. Wilder-Smith
Born Arthur Ernest Wilder-Smith
22 December 1915
Reading, Berkshire, England
Died 14 September 1995(1995-09-14) (aged 79)
Bern, Switzerland
Nationality British
Religion Christian

Arthur Ernest Wilder-Smith, FRSC (22 December 1915 – 14 September 1995), more commonly known as A. E. Wilder-Smith, was a British organic chemist and young Earth creationist.

Biography[edit]

Wilder-Smith earned three doctorates; his first PhD in 1941 in Physical Organic Chemistry from Reading University, England, his second in Pharmacology from the University of Geneva, and his third from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich. Wilder-Smith became a professor of pharmacology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in 1963.[1][2] He had serious problems with evolutionary views of the origin of life in his book The Creation of Life and Man's Origin, Man's Destiny according to Walter L. Bradley. He contended "that the conversion of energy flow into information remains, at present, undemonstrated and without theoretical basis."[3] Some considered him Europe's leading creationist.[4] He was not afraid to correct creationists when they were wrong as when he made the comment to Francis Arduini in 1984 that Morris "didn't know a thing about thermodynamics".[5]

In 1966 he published the book Herkunft und Zukunft des Menschen[6] which promoted Burdick's and other's claims that dinosaur and human footprints existed together at Paluxy River. Wilder-Smith included in his book [7] plates showing the Paluxy site including plates attributed to himself, Burdick and Taylor. With the exception of plate 6 from Burdick all plates claiming to be man tracks were in situ. In the mid-1980s the footprints were shown to be not of human origin, and some specimens were shown to be doctored or carved, in particular the loose blocks attributed to Burdick.[8][9]

According to the National Center for Science Education, Wilder-Smith's 1981 work The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution contains a variety of falsehoods and errors.[10] Kenneth Christiansen, Professor of Biology at Grinnell College, reviewed the book stating "the most fundamental flaw of the book is an apparent confusion or ignorance (it is hard to tell) concerning our present understanding of the evolutionary process."[11] He further noted that Wilder-Smith's work disregarded basic literature in the field discussed.[11] In 1986, Wilder-Smith and creationist physicist Edgar Andrews (President of the Biblical Creation Society) debated biologists Richard Dawkins and John Maynard Smith at the Oxford Union.[12]

Wilder-Smith has also been claimed to be the "father" of the intelligent design movement.[13] In 2005, intelligent design advocate William A. Dembski wrote that Wilder-Smith's "intuitive ideas about information has been the impetus for much of my research."[14] However this was rebutted by Nick Matzke, writing in 2007 for the science blog Panda's Thumb. He asserts that "intelligent design" as such originated in the 1989 textbook Of Pandas and People, and that claims of links with earlier works were "a desperate attempt to obfuscate the basic historical point [of ID's origins]". While it is true that Wilder-Smith also discussed young Earth creationist concepts, he had never used the phrase "intelligent design" itself. The closest phrasing is found in his 1968 publication Man’s origin, man’s destiny: a critical survey of the principles of evolution and Christianity, which with its argument that the mammary glands in whales could not have arisen by chance mutations. Wilder-Smith wrote that (emphasis added) "To deny planning when studying such a system is to strain credulity more than to ask one to believe in an intelligent nipple designer, who incidentally must have understood hydraulics rather well."[15]

Honours[edit]

Wilder-Smith was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry[16]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Urinary elimination of synthetic oestrogens and stilboestrol glucuronide in animals. (Biochem J. 1948; 42(2): 253–257)
  • The isolation and properties of the monoglucuronides of stilboestrol, hexoestrol and dienoestrol (Biochem J. 1948; 42(2): 258–260)
  • Preparation of some new 4-substituted derivatives of p-amino-o-hydroxyphenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazolone-5 and study of their mycobacteriostatic activity. VII. (Arzneimittelforschung. 1967 Jun;17(6):768-72)
  • Some tuberculostatic 1,3,4-oxadiazolones(-5) and 1,3,4-oxadiazolthiones(-5). II: Biological spectrum in vitro and activity in vivo in relation to resistance emergence. (Arzneimittelforschung. 1962 Mar;12:275-80.)
  • The excretion of synthetic oestrogens as ethereal sulphates and monoglucuronides in the rabbit and in man (Biochem J. 1949; 44(3): 366–368. )
  • The Action of Phosgene on Acid Hydrazides to Give 1,3,4-Oxdiazolones of Interest in the Treatment of Tuberculosis (Science, Volume 119, Issue 3094, pp. 514)
  • Metabolism of Synthetic Å’strogens in Man (nature 160, 787-787 (6 December 1947))
  • M. B. Sahasrabudhe, A. E. Wilder Smith (1947) The determination of dienoestrol Biochem J.; 41(2): 190–192.
  • THE INSTABILITY OF OESTROGENS IN SOLUTION (J Endocrinol January 1, 1946 5 152-157)
  • Preliminary screening of some new oxadiazol-2-ols with special reference to their antipyretic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. V. (Arzneimittelforschung. 1963 Apr;13:338-41.)
  • Smith, A. E. W., Frommel, E. and Morris, R. W. (1959), Effect of Local Anaesthetics on Barbiturate Sleeping Time. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 11: 600–606.
  • A. E. WILDER SMITH & HANS BRODHAGE (1961) Biological Spectrum of Some New Tuberculostatic 1,3,4-Oxadiazolones with Special Reference to Cross-Resistance and Rates of Emergence of Resistance Nature 192, 1195 (23 December 1961)
  • Why Does God Allow It? and Other Essays. (Victory Press, 1960) ASIN B0000CKQ3P
  • The Scientific Alternative to Neo-Darwinian Evolutionary Theory. (The Word For Today, 1987)
  • The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution. Master Books/Institute for Creation Research, 1981. ISBN 0-89051-062-8
  • Man's Origin/Man's Destiny. Harold Shaw; 1st edition (January 1, 1969), (paperback Bethany House Pub, June 1975) ISBN 0-87123-356-8
  • He Who Thinks Has To Believe (The Word For Today, 1981)
  • The Creation of Life: Cybernetic approach to evolution (H. Shaw; [1st ed.] edition, 1970) (Master Books/Institute for Creation Research, 1981) ISBN 0-89051-070-9
  • The Time Dimension. (Word for Today, October 1993) ISBN 0-936728-45-0
  • Why Does God Allow It? (Victory Press, 1960) (Master Books/Institute for Creation Research, 1980) ISBN 0-89051-060-1
  • Is This a God of Love?. (Word for Today, December 1991) ISBN 0-936728-39-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blaine, Graham B. (1 July 1971). "The Drug Users: The Psychopharmacology of Turning On, by A. E. Wilder Smith (review)". Pediatrics (American Academy of Pediatrics) 48 (1): 171–172. 
  2. ^ http://www.wildersmith.org/biography.htm
  3. ^ Bradley, Walter L. "No Relevance to the Origin of Life". Access Research Network, vol. 10, no. 1. Leadership U. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Numbers, Ronald (1992). The Creationists. Berkley and LA: University of California Press. pp. 334, 405–406 n38. ISBN 0-520-08393-8. 
  5. ^ Numbers, Ronald (1992). The Creationists. Berkley and LA: University of California Press. p. 408. ISBN 0-520-08393-8. 
  6. ^ "Bibliographic Information". Open Library. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Wilder-Smith, A.E. (1980). Herkunft und Zukunft des Menschen, 5th ed. Neuhausen-Stuttgart: Hanssler-Verlag. ISBN 3-7751-0070-9. 
  8. ^ Kuban, Glen J. "The "Burdick Print"". Kuban's Paluxy Website. Kuban. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  9. ^ The Texas Dinosaur/"Man Track" Controversy, Talk.Origins
  10. ^ "Analysis of the Melvindale Science Curriculum Sub-Committee Book Recommendations". National Center for Science Education. October 30, 1998. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  11. ^ a b Kenneth Christiansen, "The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution Review" in Reviews of Creationist Books ed Liz Rank Hughes, National Center for Science Education, 1992. page 134 ISBN 0-939873-52-4
  12. ^ [1] from Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
  13. ^ "No Serious Scientist . . .". Faith and Science Resource. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  14. ^ William A. Dembski (1 February 2005). "Intelligent Design's Contributions to the Debate Over Evolution: A Reply to Henry Morris". Design Inference Website. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Nick Matzke (August 14, 2007). "The true origin of "intelligent design"". The Panda's Thumb. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  16. ^ Wilder-Smith, Arthur E. and Beate (1998). Fulfilled Journey. Costa Mesa, CA: TWFT Publishers. pp. 538–539. ISBN 978-0-936728-75-9. 

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