Catholic Scientist of the Past

Sir Hugh Stott Taylor

February 6, 1890 to April 17, 1974

Sir Hugh Stott Taylor (February 6, 1890 to April 17, 1974) Taylor was an English chemist who made important contributions in several fields, including catalytic reactions and the structure of proteins.  He joined the faculty of Princeton University in 1915 and was chairman of its chemistry department from 1926 to 1951. He received many notable awards, including the American Chemical Society’s Nichols Medal (1928) and Remsen Award (1951), and the Franklin Institute’s Franklin Medal (1941).  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1932 and knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1953.  Taylor was a devout Catholic, who helped to establish the Catholic chaplaincy at Princeton University in 1928 and spoke publicly about the harmony between science and faith. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Pius XII in 1953.

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