Dr. Martinez Hewlett co-founder of The Institute of Science, Spirituality & Sustainability
From medical students to scientists, theologians and mystery readers, Martinez Hewlett illuminates the scientific understanding and philosophical and theological perspectives in an accessible, integrative way that make his a voice of our times. Moving swiftly from the issues of the human genome project, to the revolutionary impact of the integrative approach to medicine, to the cutting edge field of science and religion, Hewlett brings his sensibility as both an esteemed virologist and as a Creole/Choctaw to the conversation about understanding the systems of science and the world around us not as a series of parts but as a whole.
A versatile and accomplished author, Hewlett has co-authored the leading virology text “Basic Virology.” In addition, he crafted one the first mystery novels tackling the moral and ethical issues related to recombinant DNA and cloning. In his novel, “Divine Blood,” published by Random House/Ballantine Books, he considers the web of intrigue linking such experiments in academia with the interests of the church and the state. His upcoming books include “Evolution: From Creation to New Creation,” in which he examines the relationships between biological science and theology and philosophy. This work has received pre-publication critical acclaim from a number of scholars.
In his tradition of breaking new ground, Hewlett was one of the first faculty in Dr. Andy Weil’s pioneering Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He serves the medical fellows in this program as their key source for redesigning their philosophical approach to medicine.
Hewlett’s systems thinking continually leads him to exploring the crosscurrents of science and religion. He is currently a consultant to the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, a part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Theology and Science and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and workshops in this field.
Hewlett is an innovator in the use of online tools for the teaching of science and philosophy at all levels. He has successfully expanded the arena of science education at the university level to the Internet and the World Wide Web.
Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award and the Fogarty Senior International Fellowship. Hewlett has served as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, several state governmental bodies, and private industry. He has degrees in chemistry (University of Southern California) and biochemistry (University of Arizona), and postdoctoral training in molecular virology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Martinez Hewlett lives, writes, and teaches in Taos, New Mexico.