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Patron Saints of Science

  • Albert the Great (1200–1280) — Patron Saint of Chemists, Scientists, and Natural Philosophers
  • Dominic (1170-1221) — Patron Saint of Astronomers and Scientists
  • Isidore of Seville (560-636) — Patron Saint of Computer Science, and Electronics
  • Barbara (c. 250) — Patron Saint of Geoscientists and Mathematicians
  • Hubert of Liege (656-727) — Patron Saint of Hunters, Mathematicians, Opticians, and Metalworkers
  • Gemma Galgani (1878-1903) — Patron Saint of Pharmacists
  • Cosmas and Damian (c. 250) — Patron Saints of Doctors, Pharmacists, and Surgeons
  • Nicholas Steno (1638-1686) — Blessed. Patron of Geologists

Catholic contribution to Electrical Science

The names for three different kinds of electrical measure: amps, volts, and coulombs, come from the surnames of three Catholic scientists who were each pioneers in their respected fields.

Andre Marie Ampere was a French mathematician, chemist, and physicist. His experiments quantified the relationship between the electrical current and the magnetic field. It was Ampere’s devotion at daily Mass that inspired a young Frederic Ozanam to devote himself more earnestly to his Catholic Faith. Ozanam was going through a period of doubt and, while visiting a church in Paris, he saw the great scientist praying fervently before the altar. He found Ampere there again the next day. Soon he struck up a friendship with the scientist and even lived with his family for over a year. When he was only twenty years old Ozanam founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was beatified by John Paul II in 1997.

Alessandro Volta was an Italian physicist who discovered the electric pile. He was expert in the field of electrical pressure. The units of electric potential (volts) and the alternate name of the quantity (voltage) are named after him.

Charles Coulomb was a French engineer and physicist who published the laws of electrostatics between 1785 and 1791. His name is associated with the units of electrical quantity or charge.