Dr. Michael Guillen has a passion for helping people connect their faith with science.
A three-time Emmy Award winner, best-selling author, movie producer, and former Harvard University instructor, Dr. Michael Guillen is known and loved by millions as the ABC News Science Editor, a post he filled for fourteen years (1988-2002). In that capacity, he traveled all over the world – including the North Pole, South Pole, and down to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to report from the Titanic.
He has been the voice for faith in science all across the country. He has appeared regularly on “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” “Nightline” and “World News Tonight.” He is the host of “Where Did It Come From?,” a popular series for The History Channel. He is also a columnist for FoxNews.com and U.S. News & World Report. He has also written the much-anticipated book Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree, that was released in 2016.
Michael has written countless articles for a wide range of publications, including Science News, Psychology Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is the best-selling author of Bridges to Infinity: The Human Side of Mathematics, Five Equations that Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics, and Can a Smart Person Believe in God?.
Michael is also the producer of the award-winning family movie LITTLE RED WAGON. It is written by Patrick Sheane Duncan (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, COURAGE UNDER FIRE), directed by David Anspaugh (RUDY, HOOSIERS) and stars Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad). Having been in theaters nationwide and a best seller at Walmart, the motion picture is currently available on Netflix and DVD.
Born in East Los Angeles, Dr. Guillen earned his B.S. from UCLA and his Ph.D. in physics, mathematics, and astronomy from Cornell University. For eight years, he distinguished himself as an award-winning physics instructor at Harvard University. A popular and engaging public speaker, he belongs to the prestigious Explorers Club.
Dr. Michael Guillen is president of Spectacular Science Productions Inc., and Filmanthropy Media Incorporated, as well as chairman and president of Philanthropy Project. He presently lives in Nashville with his wife, son and a growing number of barnyard animals.
"It is an honor to work with Dr. Michael Guillen on university campuses around the world, presenting the evidence for the existence of God. There is no one more qualified and credible than Dr. Guillen when it comes to defending the truth of the Christian faith before a secular, skeptical audience. His new book “Believing is Seeing" will produce a seismic shift in the minds of believers as well as unbelievers regarding the power of faith"
- Dr. Rice Broocks,
Author, “God's Not Dead,"
Co-founder, Every Nation Churches
PhD, Theoretical Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy, Cornell University. Doctoral Thesis: “A Kinetic Theory of Galaxy Clustering.” A mathematical formalism for the study of strongly-coupled N-body systems. See (1982). See also . (1988)
MS, Experimental Physics, Cornell University
BS, Physics & Mathematics, UCLA
Academic Affiliations & Honors
Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Pepperdine University (2010)
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Environmental Arts & Sciences, Radford University (2001)
Honorary Degree, Doctor of Public Service, University of Maryland (1996)
Instructor, Physics, Core Curriculum Program, Harvard University (1984-1993)
Danforth Award for Distinguished Teaching, Harvard University (1989, 1990)
Former Member, National Academy of Engineering’s “Steering Committee on Engineering, Ethics and Society”
Former member, National Academy of Sciences’ “Committee on Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education”
Former chairman, National Academy of Sciences’ conference, “Bridging the Sciences and Humanities”
Former member, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and past chair of its symposium, “Science and Math Education for the 21st Century”
Former member, American Institute of Physics
Former member, “Science on Television Advisory Board,” American Chemical Society/American Institute of Physics
Former member, American Mathematical Association and American Mathematical Society
Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching, Cornell University
Founder, Leonardo da Vinci Society, on-campus, student/faculty organization dedicated to improving communications between specialized disciplines (1979) 2
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Columns for Fox News, US News and World Report, Christian Post (2014 to present)
Hundreds of science articles and reviews, published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Esquire, Psychology Today, Science Digest, Science News, etc.
The End Of Life As We Know It: Ominous News From The Frontiers Of Science (Regnery, 2018)
The Null Prophecy (Regnery, 2017)
Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree (HarperCollins/Zondervan, 2015)
Can A Smart Person Believe In God? (HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson , 2006)
Five Equations That Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics (Hyperion, 1995. Reissued by Hachette, ). Named a Best Book of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly.
Bridges To Infinity: The Human Side of Mathematics (Tarcher/Houghton Mifflin, 1984)
Television, Film & Internet
Producer, LITTLE RED WAGON (2012). Movie written by Patrick Sheane Duncan (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, COURAGE UNDER FIRE), directed by David Anspaugh (RUDY, HOOSIERS)
Host, Writer, “Where Did It Come From?” Primetime series on the History Channel (2006)
Science Editor, ABC News (1988-2002). On-air science correspondent for Good Morning America, 20/20, Nightline and World News Tonight
CNN contributing correspondent (2002)
Host, Writer, “Wit, Grit, and Robot Games.” One-hour TV special on PBS (2002)
Host, Writer, “Great Minds of Business” and “Great Minds of Medicine.” TV series on PBS (1997)
Co-host w/ Mayim Bialik, “Sea World Mother Earth Celebration.” One-hour TV special PBS (1991)
Science Editor, WCVB-TV (ABC-TV Boston affiliate). On-air science correspondent (1985-1990)
Host, Writer, “Heads or Tails: Predicting the Unpredictable.” One-hour, primetime TV special, WCVB-TV Boston (1987)
Host, “Time, Tides & Tuning Forks.” One-hour primetime TV special, WCVB-TV, Boston (1986)
Technical Advisor, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1985-1986)
Chief Consultant, “A Mathematical Mystery Tour” (Nova, PBS, 1985). Originally aired on BBC. Based on Dr. Guillen’s book, Bridges To Infinity.
Science & Technology Contributor, CBS News (1984)
AAAS Mass Media Fellow. KPIX-TV (CBS San Francisco affiliate) 1979 3
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Internet & Other Media
Producer, AOL News. Web TV channel on philanthropy (2009-2011)
Creator and content provider, AOL’s and Disney Blast’s “Dr U’s CyberLab.” A gender-neutral, science website for kids ages 8-12. Most popular kids site on the web (1996-1999)
Science Director, “Glory of Creation,” a 17-million-dollar, multimedia theatre production, Crystal Cathedral Ministries (2004-2005)
Honors: Television & Film
Heartland Film Festival, “Truly Moving Picture Award” for LITTLE RED WAGON (2011)
Aviation & Space Writers Association Award, “Russian Space Program” (ABC News, Nightline, 1992)
Teddy Award, “Antarctica” (ABC News, Nightline, 1992)
EMMA Award, “What are the Differences Between Men and Women?” (ABC News, Nightline, 1992)
Ohio State Award, “Greenland Polar Ice Cap” (ABC-TV, 1991)
Teddy Award, “Monteverde Cloud Forest” (ABC-TV, Good Morning America, 1991)
National TV Critics Award, Dupont-Columbia Award, ACT Award, “War in the Gulf: Answering Children’s Questions” (ABC News Special, 1991)
Emmy Award, “Good Morning America” (ABC-TV, 1993)
Edward R. Morrow Award for Distinguished Reporting, “WCVB-TV News Department” (several times during 1985-1990)
Ohio State Award, “To Be Or Not To Be: Endangered Species of New England” (series, WCVBTV, Boston, 1988
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Award for “Overall Excellence” (WCVB-TV, 1987)
Emmy Award, Ohio State Award, “Time, Tides & Tuning Forks” (WCVB-TV, Boston, 1986)
Awarded $10 million grant by The John Templeton Foundation. Created Philanthropy Project. Produced a feature film and web channel promoting philanthropy (2007-2015) 4
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Other Positions & Distinctions
President, Spectacular Science Productions Inc, a multimedia production and consulting business (1992 - present)
President, Philanthropy Project (2007-2015)
Office Depot Foundation “Listen Learn Care Award” (2012)
Former Consultant, Walt Disney Imagineers, Disneyland, Disney World & Epcot Center
Former Chief Consultant for Science & Religion, Crystal Cathedral Ministries International.
Former Chief Science Advisor, Central Committee of American Rabbis
Commencement Speaker: Pepperdine University (2010). Gordon College (2006). University of Maryland (1996)
Keynote speaker: Phoenix Seminary, The New Canaan Society, Mastermedia International, Socrates in the City, Crystal Cathedral Pastors Institute, Reasons to Believe, among many others.
Sermons and sermon series: Hour of Power (televised worldwide); CLADIC general conventions and churches (Spanish-speaking Pentecostal); Malibu Presbyterian Church; Bel Air Presbyterian Church; Camarillo Community Church; Christ Community Church (Belchertown, MA); St. Mark’s Presbyterian (Lomita, CA), among many others.
Member, Explorers Club (2000—present)
Member, Writers Guild of America
Former member, National Association of Science Writers
Born: East Los Angeles
Ancestry: Spanish, Mexican, Cuban — with a dash of Austrian
Father: Pentecostal minister & lawyer. Mother: housewife. Grandparents: Pentecostal ministers. All deceased.
Married to Laurel (née Lucas) since 1991. We have one son born in 1999.
Personal role model: paternal grandfather (president, Concilio Latino Americano De Iglesias Cristianas, 1937-1971). CLADIC is the oldest, largest, independent Spanish-speaking Pentecostal organization in the world. Headquartered in Brownsville, TX 5
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SAMPLE WEB LINKS
“Flash Of Conception,” Varney & Company (Fox Business Network)
“Solar Eclipse Safety,” Intelligence Report with Trish Regan (Fox Business Network)
“Little Red Wagon,” Context, with Lorna Dueck (Internationally syndicated TV series)
“Amazing Truths,” Eric Metaxas Show (Salem Radio Network)
“Can Science Disprove The Existence of God?” The Channel Mom Show (Syndicated radio show)
Keynote: “Dreams versus Destiny,” Oaks Christian High School (Westlake, CA)
Commencement Address: “What Makes Us Unique?” Gordon College (Hamilton, MA)
Sermon: “The Give & Glow Life,” Crystal Cathedral (Garden Grove, CA) ,
“Creation 2.0: The promise (and perils) of creating robots in our own image” (Fox News)
“Nobel laureates cite top dangers to human survival -- overlook gravest one” (Fox News)
“We're Not There Yet” (US News & World Report)
“Why August's solar eclipse is your chance to witness one of the greatest mysteries of the universe” (Fox News)
“Letter to a divided nation” (Fox News)