Prof. Andy McIntosh

Prof. Andy McIntosh

Professor, Researcher, Speaker, Author

Professor Andy McIntosh DSc, FIMA, CMath, FEI, CEng, FInstP, MIGEM, FRAeS has lectured and researched in Combustion and Thermodynamics for over 30 years. He is a visiting research professor at the University of Leeds, UK, and an adjunct professor at Mississippi State University, USA. He has published over 195 papers on aerodynamics, thermodynamics, combustion, biomimetics, and the bombardier beetle research, which has led to a patented spray device for applications of this technology to pharmaceuticals, fuel injectors, and fire extinguishers. He speaks widely in many countries on apologetics and the Christian faith, showing that true science is entirely consistent with a biblical view of origins.


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    • DSc, Thesis: “Mathematical Modelling of Unsteady Combustion Processes Within Gases, Fluids and Solids,” University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK (July 1998)
    • PhD in Theory of Combustion, Thesis: “Unsteady Premixed Laminar Flames,” Aerodynamics Department, Supervisor: Professor J. F. Clarke, Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University), Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England, UK (1981)
    • Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University), Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England, UK (1977–1980)
    • BSc, Applied Mathematics (1st Class Honors), University of Wales (now Bangor University), Bangor, Wales, UK (1973)
    • University College of North Wales (now Bangor University), Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, UK (1970–1973)
    • GCE ‘A’ Level (Northern Universities Joint Matriculation Board): Mathematics A, Further Mathematics A, Physics A (1970)
    • GCE ‘O’ Level (Northern Universities Joint Matriculation Board): English Language 3, Mathematics 1, French 3, German 5, Latin 5, Physics 2, Chemistry 3 (1968)
    • William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester, England, UK (1966–1970)
    • Selhurst Grammar School for Boys, Croydon, Surrey, England, UK (1963–1966)

    Honors and Awards

    • Bombardier Beetle

      Despite being publicly spoken against in 2006 by Professor Dawkins (see “Creation in the Classroom” and “Big Mistake”) (who is wrong on the thermodynamics in the article“Information and Entropy: Top-down or Bottom-up Development in Living Systems”), Andy’s work has progressed on the bombardier beetle. The glory goes to the Lord who caused the team to obtain the Times Higher Education 2010 Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology for their beetle research. Andy's testimony is that because he put the Lord first the Lord blessed this research greatly.

      Times Higher Education 2010 Award


    Andy became a Christian in 1969 and is committed to a belief in the biblical creation account maintaining that Genesis is crucial to our understanding of the gospel. He has debated academics in a number of universities, and lectures and speaks on apologetics in many countries on the importance of origins and in particular against atheism. As an associate speaker for AiG for many years, he speaks in the UK and many countries abroad. He delights to present the scientific evidence for creation and passionately believes that there is no excuse for scientific minds not to accept the truth of creation.

    Professional Experience

    • Professional research work is mainly concerning the interaction of acoustics and general pressure interactions with flames and also ignition studies, particularly with reference to safety and the danger of explosions.
    • Appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FinstP) (January 2002)
    • Appointed Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory in Fuel and Energy Department, University of Leeds (August 2000)
    • Appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Energy (FInstE) with Chartered Engineer status (CEng) (September 1999)
    • Appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA) with Chartered Mathematician status (CMath) (August 1996)
    • Reader in Combustion Theory in Fuel and Energy Department, University of Leeds (August 1995)
    • Lecturer in Fuel and Energy Department, University of Leeds (Jan 1986–July 1995)
    • Lecturer in Mathematics, Luton College of Higher Education (September 1984–December 1985)
    • Research Officer (supported by SERC), College of Aeronautics, Cranfield Institute of Technology (April 1982–September 1984)
    • Research Officer (supported by DOE contract), Sch. of Mech. Eng., Cranfield Institute of Tech. (October 1980–April 1982)
    • Scientific Officer, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Bedford (September 1973–September 1977)

    Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society
    • Fellow of Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
    • Fellow of Energy Institute
    • Fellow of Institute of Physics
    • Member of Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers

    Personal Information

    Professor Andy McIntosh has a PhD in combustion theory from the aerodynamics department of what was then Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University), a DSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wales, and worked for a number of years at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Energy, the Institute of Physics, and the Royal Aeronautical Society. A chartered mathematician and engineer, and author of over 180 papers and articles, his research has been in combustion in fluids and solids. His work has also included investigations into the fundamental link between thermodynamics and information, and in latter years he has been involved in research in the area of biomimetics where the minute combustion chamber of the bombardier beetle has inspired a patented novel spray technology with applications to fuel injectors, pharmaceutical sprays, fire extinguishers, and aerosols. This research was awarded the 2010 Times Higher Educational award for the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology.

    He is presently a visiting Research Professor in Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory at the University of Leeds, UK, and Adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University, USA.

    Professor McIntosh’s career in mathematics and science has led him very much to the view that the world and the universe show powerful evidence of design. As a result, he is often asked both in the UK and abroad to speak on the subject of origins.

    He is married with three children and six grandchildren.


    Some Notable Journal Papers

    A. C. McIntosh, “Deflagration Fronts and Compressibility,” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. 357, no. 1764 (December 1, 1999): 3523–3538, doi:10.1098/rsta.1999.0507.

    A. C. McIntosh, “Combustion, Fire, and Explosion in Nature—Some Biomimetic Possibilities,” Proc. IMechE, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science 221(C10) (2007): 1157–1164, doi:10.1243/09544062JMES541.

    N. Beheshti and A. C. McIntosh, “The Bombardier Beetle and Its Use of a Pressure Relief Valve System to Deliver a Periodic Pulsed Spray,” Bioinspiration and Biomimetics (Inst. of Physics) 2 (2007): 57–64, doi:10.1088/1748-3182/2/4/001.

    A. C. McIntosh, “Evidence of Design in Bird Feather and Avian Respiration,” Int. J. of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics 4, no. 2 (2009): 154–169.

    A. C. McIntosh, “Information and Entropy—Top-down or Bottom-up Development in Living Systems?,” Int. J. of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics 4, no. 4 (2009): 351–385.

    A. C. McIntosh, "Information and Thermodynamics in Living Systems,” in Proceedings of Symposium: Biological Information—New Perspectives (Singapore: World Scientific, July 2013): 179–201, doi:10.1142/9789814508728_0008.

    Books and Parts of Books

    Genesis for Today. Leominster, England: DayOne, 2014.

    Genesis 1–11: A Verse by Verse Commentary. Leominster, England: DayOne, 2016.

    Stuart Burgess, Brian Edwards, and Andy McIntosh. Wonders of Creation—Design in a Fallen World. Leominster, England: DayOne, 2017.

    “Mathematics” in In Six Days, ed. John Ashton. (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009), 155–171.

    “Information and Thermodynamics,” in Should Christians Embrace Evolution?, ed. Norman C. Nevins. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009), 158–165.

    Geoff Barnard, Andy McIntosh, and Steve Taylor. Origins: Examining the Evidence. Folkestone, England:Truth in Science, 2011.


    Dr. Glenn Geher and Dr. Andy McIntosh, “Mind and Intelligence: Can Evolution or Creation Best Explain Rationality and Original Thought?,” YouTube video, 2:21:53, from a debate on April 18, 2013, posted by EvoS Seminar Series,

    Online Presentations

    “Wonder of Hearing,” Vimeo video, 1:02:11, from a presentation on September 30, 2015, posted by Maranatha Chapel, San Diego, California,

    “Science, Mathematics, and Beauty,” YouTube video, 51:11, from a presentation to the Forum of Christian Leaders, Poland, on October 13, 2016, posted by FOCLOnline,

    “Science, Mathematics, and Beauty,” YouTube Video, 1:02:27, from a presentation on May 6, 2017, posted by Chris Carlascio,

    “Why Creation Matters,” YouTube video, 1:12:45, from a presentation on March 26, 2017, posted by Mairangi Bay Community Church, Auckland,

    “Genesis, Babel, and the Chinese Language,” 55:37, January 26, 2014, posted by Answers in Genesis, Petersburg, Kentucky,

    “Intricacies of Flight Parts,” 60:00, October 21, 2016, posted by Answers in Genesis, Petersburg, Kentucky,

    Radio and TV

    Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman (2006).

    Sunday Sequence (BBC Northern Ireland) with William Crawley (2006).

    The Big Questions with Nicky Campbell (2011).


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