William Prout (1785-1850) authored one of the Bridgewater Treatises: Chemistry, Meteorology, and the Function of Digestion, Considered with Reference to Natural Theology. As a chemist and physiologist, he was an early leader in the sciences of nutrition and digestion, and was the first to identify basic foodstuffs as fats, proteins and carbohydrates. He is best known, however, for recognizing that the atomic weights of elements could be identified as a series of relative whole numbers.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.