Robert W. Faid

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Robert W. Faid
Robert Wesley Faid

(1929-04-30)April 30, 1929
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
DiedMay 30, 2008(2008-05-30) (aged 79)
Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States
Alma materCoatesville Bible College Johns Hopkins University
Occupation(s)author, numerologist, previously nuclear engineer
Known forIg Nobel prize in Mathematics

Robert W. Faid (April 30, 1929 – May 30, 2008) was an American author, numerologist and former nuclear engineer from Greenville, South Carolina. He held a master's degree in theology from Coatesville Bible College. Faid was an agnostic in his early life and converted to Christianity after recovery from cancer.[1]

Faid is listed as the inventor on two 1977 United States patents relating to improvements in the construction of concrete structures such as containment buildings for nuclear power plants.


Faid served in the United States Army during the end of World War II, and later in the Korean War. He was one of the first Army Airborne Rangers. He graduated with a degree in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University,[citation needed] and began a twenty-five-year career with W.R. Grace & Company, from which he retired in 1973. Mr. Faid was not only a Christian American author, as a nuclear engineer, Faid held the honor of being one of the top ten nuclear scientists until 1975.[citation needed] He also held a degree in Theology from Coatesville Bible College, and was a faithful member of the Greenville First Church of the Nazarene. He died on May 30, 2008, due to cancer.[2]

Ig Nobel Prize[edit]

In 1993, Faid was awarded the Ig Nobel prize for Mathematics for calculating the exact odds (710,609,175,188,282,000 to 1[3][4]) that Mikhail Gorbachev is the Antichrist, based on his 1988 book Gorbachev! Has the Real Antichrist Come?

On hearing about the award, Faid said "It's a serious book, not a joke... mathematically minded people use numbers to answer many questions, even questions that are not overtly mathematical."


  • Gorbachev! Has the Real Antichrist Come? (ISBN 0-932081-19-3) (1988)
  • A Scientific Approach to Biblical Mysteries (ISBN 0-89221-231-4) (1993)
  • A Scientific Approach to More Biblical Mysteries (ISBN 0-89221-283-7) (1995)
  • A Scientific Approach to Christianity (ISBN 0-89221-186-5) (1990)
  • Lydia: Seller of Purple (ISBN 0-88270-569-5) (1984)


  1. ^ "Robert W. Faid". Genealogy Bank. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Robert Faid Obituary (2008) the Greenville News".
  3. ^ "Nobelpreis mal anders". DER SPIEGEL – Geschichte (in German). Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Maack, Benjamin. "Nobelpreis mal anders". DER SPIEGEL – Geschichte (in German). Retrieved September 1, 2020.