Andrew McIntosh (professor)

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Andrew McIntosh
Residence Leeds
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields chemical engineering, combustion, thermoacoustics
Institutions University of Leeds
Alma mater University of Wales
Cranfield Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor J.F. Clarke
Known for Intelligent design, biomimetics

Andrew McIntosh is professor of thermodynamics and combustion theory at the University of Leeds.[1] His group has received recognition for research on the physics behind the gaseous "cannon" of the bombardier beetle and his biomimetic application of this to the design of spray mechanisms, which has resulted in several patents. McIntosh is a young earth creationist.


McIntosh's research group has developed a new technology known as µMist which is based on the gaseous "cannon" of the bombardier beetle. In December 2010, this work received the outstanding contribution to innovation and technology title at the Times Higher Education awards in London.[2]


In a discussion with Richard Dawkins on BBC Radio Ulster and in an article, McIntosh argued that the principles of thermodynamics are not consistent with Darwinian evolution, a well-understood misunderstanding of the second law of thermodynamics and closed versus open systems.[3][4]

McIntosh is director of the organisation Truth in Science which promotes creationism and intelligent design.[5] In November 2006, the University of Leeds issued a statement distancing itself from creationism, and noted that McIntosh's directorship of Truth in Science is unconnected with his teaching or research.[5]

Publications and patents[edit]

  • Origins: Examining the Evidence (Truth in Science, 2011) ISBN 978-0956963109
  • The Delusion of Evolution (New Life Publishing Co, 2010) ISBN 978-1904835028
  • Genesis for Today: Showing the Relevance of the Creation/Evolution Debate to Today's Society (foreword by Ken Ham) (Day One Publications, 2000) ISBN 978-1-903087-15-2
  • Shah, AA; Brindley, J; McIntosh, AC; Radernacher, J The effects of heat exchange and fluid production on the ignition of a porous solid. Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications, vol. 9, pp. 562–584. 2008.
  • McIntosh, AC Combustion, fire, and explosion in nature - some biomimetic possibilities. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, vol. 221, pp. 1157–1163. 2007.
  • Beheshti, N; McIntosh, AC A biomimetic study of the explosive discharge of the Bombardier Beetle. International Journal of Design and Nature, vol. 1, pp. 61–69. 2007.
  • McIntosh, AC; Beheshti, N Drug Delivery – Spray system based on bombardier beetle. 2010.
  • McIntosh, AC; Beheshti, N 60/720,716 (UOL Ref: UOL 05012/US/P1 Vapour Explosion Device. 2005.


  1. ^ "Professor Andy McIntosh". University of Leeds. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  2. ^ BBC News "Beetle defence inspires University of Leeds research", BBC News, 9 December 2010
  3. ^ William Crawley:The Thermodynamics of Andy McIntosh
  4. ^ McIntosh, AC (2009). "Information and entropy – top-down or bottom-up development in living systems?". International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics 4 (4): 351–385. doi:10.2495/DNE-V4-N4-351-385. 
  5. ^ a b Press statement: Professor Andrew McIntosh at the Wayback Machine (archived May 5, 2007), University of Leeds, 29 November 2006. "Professor Andrew McIntosh's directorship of Truth in Science, and his promotion of that organisation's views, are unconnected to his teaching or research at the University of Leeds in his role as a professor of thermodynamics. As an academic institution, the University wishes to distance itself publicly from theories of creationism and so-called intelligent design which cannot be verified by evidence."

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