Kenneth A. Solen was a professor and chair of the BYU Department of Chemical Engineering for over 30 years. He was raised in a northern California family of Jewish heritage, but in an atmosphere of cynicism about religion. While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, his growing sense of awe and wonderment at the genius of our physical world caused spiritual stirrings within him. Those stirrings increased at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he obtained a master’s degree in physiology and a doctorate in chemical engineering. It was there that he met and married Linda Beulow, who introduced him to the Protestant Christian faith in which she had been raised. His investigation of Linda’s church prepared them both for the restored gospel, and a year after their marriage they were contacted by LDS missionaries and joined the Church.
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