Michael O. Garvey | Mar. 30, 2014 | Notre Dame News
Kenneth R. Miller, professor of biology at Brown University, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2014 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement ceremony May 18 (Sunday).
“Kenneth Miller has given eloquent and incisive witness both to scientific acumen and religious belief,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “As an accomplished biologist and an articulate believer, he pursues two distinct but harmonious vocations and illustrates how science and faith can mutually flourish.”
A cell and molecular biologist whose research concerns problems of structure and function in biological membranes, Miller is a prominent and outspoken critic of proponents of the creationism and intelligent design movements who argue that Darwin’s theory of evolution is inherently atheistic and incompatible with Christian faith. In addition to having written two widely read books on these subjects, “Finding Darwin’s God” and “Only a Theory,” Miller is co-author, with Joseph S. Levine, of major introductory college and high school biology textbooks.