John Woodward (1665-1728) was a close friend of Newton‘s and ranks with Steno as one of the true founding fathers of the science of geology. An avid collector of fossils, one of Woodward’s valuable contributions was the establishment of a great paleontological museum at Cambridge and the Woodwardian Professorship of Geology there. He had been Professor of Medicine at Gresham College in London. He held a high regard for the Bible, as well as a thorough field knowledge of geology. His book Essay Towards a Natural History of the Earth was both more soundly Biblical and more scientific geologically than its predecessors. Its treatment of flood geology is still very valuable.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.