Dean H. Kenyon

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Dean H. Kenyon is Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Francisco State University[1] who co-authored an influential textbook on the chemical origin of life titled Biochemical Predestination, written from evolutionistic perspective.[2] Yet later Kenyon claimed to abandon evolutionary position[3] due to inability to adequately face the challenge posed by one of his student who questioned him how could proteins in first complex living systems assemble without the help of genetic instructions.[4] He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Biodynamics at the University of California at Berkeley, a Research Associate at NASA-Ames Research Center, and a Visiting Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford University. He is a fellow of Center for Science and Culture, a Discovery Institute program.[5]


  1. Dean Kenyon, Professor Emeritus, SFSU Department of Biology
  2. Kenyon D.H., Steinman G. (1969). Biochemical Predestination.. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-034126-5. 
  3. Texas A&M University (2 September 2011). Rhetoric and public affairs, Volume 1. Michigan State University Press. “Although Kenyon was a co-author of Biochemical Predestination, an influential textbook on the chemical origin of life, he later concluded that evolutionary science was not equipped to answer such questions. Subsequently, when teaching the standard evolutionary model in the introductory biology course for non-majors, he would explain his own scepticism about these theories…” 
  4. Unlocking the mystery of life (Video/DVD) (English). “Dean H. Kenyon: “I came to contact with powerful contra-argument given by one of my students that I could not refute.” He was challenged to explain how first proteins could have been assembled without the help of genetic instructions.”
  5. Dean Kenyon, Fellow - CSC. Discovery Institute.