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Mormon Scientists

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List of notable or famous Mormon scientists. These scholars and science professionals, working in a variety of disciplines and industries, are all members in good standing of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and are considered practicing Mormons. They include a number of important researchers, theorists and inventors from US history, such as Philo Farnsworth, inventor of the cathode ray televison, and Alvino Rey, investor of the pedal steel guitar. There have even been Mormon astronauts!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (sometimes known simply as the LDS Church or the Mormon Church) is the largest denomination in the "Latter Day Saint Movement" inspired by the message of Joseph Smith. The church currently claims 14.1 million adherents around the world, with 50,000 missionaries currently serving worldwide. The church models its teachings and organizations on Joseph Smith's original Church of Christ, founded in 1830.
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  • Yukihiro Matsumoto
    A Japanese computer scientist and software programmer best known as the chief designer of the Ruby programming language
  • Henry Eyring

    Henry Eyring

    Dec. at 80 (1901-1981)
    Former professor of chemistry at Princeton University and the University of Utah
  • William Clayton

    William Clayton

    Dec. at 65 (1814-1879)
    Inventor of the "roadometer", an early version of the modern odometer
  • Val A. Browning

    Val A. Browning

    Dec. at 99 (1895-1994)
    Gun designer and son of John Moses Browning
  • Alvino Rey

    Alvino Rey

    Dec. at 96 (1908-2004)
  • Orson Pratt

    Orson Pratt

    Dec. at 70 (1811-1881)
    Mathematician and astronomer. Aided in the invention of the "roadometer."
  • James E. Talmage

    James E. Talmage

    Dec. at 71 (1862-1933)
    Scholar, scientist, and elected to life membership in several learned societies
  • Jonathan Browning
    Gunsmith, inventor, and father of John Moses Browning
  • James LeVoy Sorenson

    Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)
    Co-inventor of real-time computerized heart monitor and 40 other medical patents
  • Robert B. Ingebretsen

    Dec. at 55 (1948-2003)
    Developer of the first practical digital audio recording system with Thomas Stockham; received an Academy award in 1999
  • John Moses Browning

    A notable gun designer. Many of his designs are still in production today
  • Philo T. Farnsworth

    Philo T. Farnsworth

    Inventor of the Cathode Ray television
  • H. Tracy Hall

    H. Tracy Hall

    Invented synthetic diamonds
  • Don Leslie Lind

    Astronaut
  • David H. Bailey

    David H. Bailey

    Co-author of a noted algorithm about pi