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World-renowned chemist presents “The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God” at Messiah College

September 19th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 19, 2016) — On Friday, Oct. 7, Dr. Henry “Fritz” Schaefer, known globally for his scientific contributions to molecular quantum mechanics, will present a lecture titled, “The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God,” discussing the relationship between science and religion. The event will take place in Messiah College’s Hostetter Chapel Sanctuary at 7 p.m. This is a free lecture sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science, and is open to the public. For more information, visit, or email Dr. Ted Davis at

About Dr. Schaefer
Henry F. Schaefer III received his B.S. in chemical physics from MIT and the Ph.D. in chemical physics from Stanford University. For 18 years he was professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, Dr. Schaefer is Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia. The author of more than 1500 scientific papers, Professor Schaefer is one of the most highly cited chemists in the world; his Thomson-Reuters H-index is currently 113. His research involves the use of state-of-the-art computational hardware and theoretical methods to solve important problems in molecular quantum mechanics. He has won many major awards for his work, and his book, “Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence?” (2004) has been a best seller on Amazon.

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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