“Giants Walked the Earth”: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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9 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    It’s been heartwarming to read the tributes to this man from people like you and Scott McKnight.
    He was a working scholar…committed to the work instead of using the work to gain fame and fortune.
    His influence is so much broader than most are aware of…thank you, Duane.

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    He believed in the work… and he believed in work. One term at exam time, we had three members of the theology department on sabbatical. Jimmy came to my office with a stack of 160 exam scripts that had to be read and marked… by the next day. He saw the shocked look on my face and said, “Your wife is a Scot and you’re an American, so I figured you had a work ethic.” He flashed a smile and ran out the door before I could reply! That was Jimmy…

  3. Em says:

    “…the Bible was more to Dunn than simply an object of study. It was central to what, and who, he was as a human being.”
    ” alive and powerful…. ”
    It should be that to every redeemed soul — scholars and the rest of ud
    Or so it seems to me…..
    My condolences on your sorrowful loss, Dr. Duane – but what a good tribute you’ve written for us here

  4. CM says:


    Fascinating story. In every speciality and field of knowledge, there are giants. For Materials Thermodynamics, one giant would be Josiah Willard Gibbs. He is not well known, but is on par of Boltzmann and Maxwell in his contribution to thermodyamics and statistical mechanics.


    Interestingly he was the son of Yale theologian Josiah Willard Gibbs Sr.

  5. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks. In my professional life I always tended to make friends in the generation above me. I’m now losing those friends at an alarming rate…

  6. CM says:


    You know who else has a Phd in Physical Chemistry? German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Here is the title:

    “Investigation of the mechanism of decay reactions with single bond breaking and calculation of their velocity constants on the basis of quantum chemical and statistical methods”

    (German: “Untersuchung des Mechanismus von Zerfallsreaktionen mit einfachem Bindungsbruch und Berechnung ihrer Geschwindigkeitskonstanten auf der Grundlage quantenchemischer und statistischer Methoden”)

  7. Duane Arnold says:


    I found one the other day – the actor Robert Vaughn (The Man From UNCLE). PhD in communications from USC…

  8. CM says:


    I had heard that before. It is interesting discovering somone with an advanced degree (especially a PhD) that one would not think was the case.

  9. CM says:


    Anybody who has busted their rear to get a real PhD (Qualifying Exam, Proposal Defense, Research, Dissertation Defense, the whole 9 yards) in any field is to be commended, in my opinion.

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