Dr. David Menton

Dr. David Menton

A former professor at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Menton has seen audiences of all ages enjoy his well-illustrated (and often humorous) presentations on a variety of fascinating topics.

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Dr. David Menton

David Menton

Dr. David Menton was born in Mankato, Minnesota, and grew up as an only child in a Christian family. He was blessed to share God’s Word as a Sunday school teacher, church elder, and president of the congregation.

Since early grades Dr. Menton had a strong interest in science of all kinds. While in grade school, he converted a small room in the basement into a well-equipped chemistry laboratory. Many of the birthday and Christmas gifts he received during childhood were of a scientific nature, including a chemistry set, mineralogy collection, microscope, telescope, and binoculars.

This lifelong interest in science led to his study of biology and chemistry at Minnesota State University in Mankato, where he graduated with a BS degree in 1959. After a six month tour of active duty in the Army Reserves, Dr. Menton worked two years as a research laboratory technician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. He left Mayo to do graduate work at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he received a PhD in biology in 1966. His thesis research dealt with the effects of essential fatty acid deficiency on the structure and epidermal barrier function of skin.

Following graduation from Brown, Dr. Menton accepted a position in the department of anatomy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. At Washington University, he did research and taught human gross anatomy and histology. He received awards both for his research and teaching, including twice being awarded Professor of the Year by the senior class.

During his tenure at Washington University, Dr. Menton served as the histology consultant for five editions of Stedman’s Medical Dictionary and was a guest lecturer in histology at Stanford University Medical School. He spent two summers studying an unusual wound healing mechanism in sea cucumbers (a marine invertebrate) at Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Dr. Menton retired in the year 2000 as an Associate Professor Emeritus after 34 years on the faculty.

Shortly after retirement, Dr. Menton joined Answers in Genesis as a speaker and researcher. He now travels and speaks for AiG throughout much of the U.S. as well as overseas, including recent events in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Trinidad, Peru, and Turkey. He has also contributed numerous articles to Answers magazine and book chapters to The New Answers Book 2.

Dr. Menton is also very involved with the Creation Museum, where he works on new exhibits and gives workshops four days a week. He also conducts special workshops by arrangement for school and church groups of all ages. In the workshops he employs photographs, anatomical models, and a special video microscope to cover a wide variety of topics on life science.

Dr. Menton’s current workshops include:

  • Microscarium—The amazing diversity of microscopic aquatic life in our museum pond is examined with the aid of a phase contrast microscope and video projector.
  • Ostoblast!—You’ll be amazed by this introduction to the structure and function of the bones of our body, ranging from the whole skeleton to the microscopic structure and development of bone.
  • The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye—The astounding mechanism of hearing and seeing is explained with the aid of bigger-than-life models, photographs, and examination of real human ears and eyes under the microscope.
  • Body of Evidence—Using a life-size plastic replica of a human torso with removable organs, selected organs are removed and described with the aid of the microscope and slides of real organs and tissues.
  • Three Ways to Make an Apeman—Life-size replicas of ape, human, and so-called “apeman” (hominid) skulls are examined to show that it is easy to see that “apemen” are really either apes or men.
  • Evolution: Not a Chance—“Magical” illusions are used to test our willingness to believe that improbable things happen by chance and to demonstrate the improbability of the chance formation of proteins and life.