Tributes paid to Norfolk Christian scientist
2012: Brian Hills was a great man of faith and science, a loving husband and father and a Deacon at Taverham Evangelical Church (TEC). He passed away on October 29, aged 63 at his home surrounded by his family.
As the son of an RAF serviceman his childhood was spent in a number of air force bases in the UK and abroad. His intellect and love of science was evident from an early age and he pursued this at Oxford and Cambridge universities and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He met his wife, Kathrin, at a Christian community in Cambridge. Their passion to serve God led them to be missionaries to Indonesia in the 1980s. They remained there for nearly seven years during which time Brian lectured at the University of Satya Wacana in Central Java and they had their two children Elizabeth and Daniel.
On returning to the UK the family settled in Norfolk, where Brian took up a position at the Institute of Food Research, continuing his research in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He was soon involved in leading and preaching, first at Mount Zion Church (now Norwich Family Life Church) and latterly at TEC where he served the Lord in many capacities.
In the six months before he died of prostate cancer he authored and published two Christian books - one on Genesis and another on The Return of Christ - as well as a scientific book entitled ‘Gravito-Electromagnetism & Mass Induction’. He ran the race well, immersing himself in worship and the Word right until the end. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and all those around the world whose lives he has touched.