Scientist and lecturer on faith/science gap dies at 90

Richard H. Bube. Credit: Jose Mercado/Stanford News Service

Richard H. Bube, an expert in photovoltaic materials that paved the way for solar cells, died at age 90 on June 9.

Bube was also known as an author and lecturer who tried to bridge the gap between science and religion. He was known for his work in writing and campus leadership roles at Stanford University where his research interests included luminescence, semiconductors and solar energy conversion.

According to a Stanford University press release, Bube once said he wanted to help make solar power a viable alternative before the world runs out of oil. He indeed help move the field toward inexpensive and efficient solar cells used today.

Bube’s work sought to help scientists better understand Christianity and vice versa. He also taught and undergraduate seminar on the relationship between science and Christianity. He was a member of the American Scientific Affiliation and edited its journal for 25 years.

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