John Baumgardner Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Southern California Seminary


Dr. Baumgardner has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from UCLA. His Ph.D. research included the development of a 3D finite element model of the earth’s interior, now known as TERRA, specifically to investigate the physical aspects of the Genesis Flood. He is generally credited with providing the primary original research undergirding the concept of catastrophic plate tectonics in connection with Noah’s Flood.

For 20 years John served as a staff scientist in the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory engaged in a variety of research projects in computational physics, including runaway subduction in the earth’s mantle as a key aspect of the Flood. Between 1997 and 2005 he served on the Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) team that documented multiple independent lines of radioisotope evidence that the earth is thousands, not billions, of years old. Between 2005 and 2010 he was part of a small team that developed Mendel’s Accountant, a computer model for exploring key topics population genetics relating to the origin and history of life. He is currently a senior research associate and vice-president of Logos Research Associates based in Santa Ana, California and an adjunct professor at Southern California Seminary where he teaches creation apologetics courses.

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