A/Prof John Hartnett

John G. Hartnett received both his B.Sc. (hons) and his Ph.D. with distinction from the Department of Physics at the University of Western Australia (UWA). He works as an ARC DORA research fellow in the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing and the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Adelaide.

John’s research interests include the development of ultra-stable cryocooled microwave oscillators based on a sapphire crystal, ultra low-noise radar and ultra-stable optical cavities for advanced optical clocks. He has a keen interest in cosmology and how it applies to the creationist world-view. He has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals.

John is an effective communicator on the relevance of creation and the Bible and has developed cosmological models to explain the creation of ’the heavens’ during creation week. These models also seek to explain the question of how we can see distant starlight from sources that are millions of light-years away, in a young universe, which the Bible infers is only 6,000 years old. He has co-authored the book Dismantling the Big Bang that reveals the scientific and philosophical weaknesses at the core of big-bang thinking. It shows that the cosmological evidence points to a biblical view of history. John’s most recent book, Starlight, Time and the New Physics, is a bold new answer to the distant starlight issue.


John speaks part-time for Creation Ministries International, and has contributed to the Journal of Creation (formerly TJ).

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