There is more men of science who loved creation. But these three men were beyond their time. They loved science but they loved God, His Word, and creation even more. They were Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, and Sir Issac Newton.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), believed the book of nature answered things temporal and the Scriptures from the Word of God (Holy Bible) answered the eternal. He believed the student of both should proceed with caution in an attempt to intermingle the two; yet, he did understand a complementary relationship between the two, and his conclusions led him to maintain a literal understanding of the six (24-hour) days of creation. "It is so then, that in the work of creation we see a double emanation of virtue from God; the one referring more properly to power, the other wisdom; the one expressed in making the subsistence of the matter, and the other in disposing the beauty of the form. This being supposed, it is to be observed that for anything which appeareth in the history of the creation, the confused mass and matter of heaven and earth was made in a moment; and the order and disposition of that chaos or mass was the work of six days of creation. So in the distribution of days we see the day wherein God did rest and contemplated His own works, was blessed above all days wherein He did effect and accomplish them." (F. Bacon, "Advancement of Learning", Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1906, p. 40-41).
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), supported Copernicus's heliocentric theory with some scientific evidence, and suggested that his view was consistent with Scripture, not opposed to it. This heliocentric theory contradicted the generally held Ptolemaic cosmology which was geocentric. The "Galileo Affair" further provided a warning to the church against scientific hermeneutic of submitting Scripture to the so-called scientific opinions of the day. This development would bolster the plain-sense hermeneutic in the church and give further credence to the literal six-day approach to the creation account. He believed science could be a useful tool in the exposition of Scripture. He adhered generally to the literal interpretation of Scripture, saying that only in the instance of a demonstrated scientific truth opposing the literal interpretation should there be consideration for any other approach. (C. Hummel, "The Galileo Connection", Downers Grove, Il : InterVarsity Press, 1986, p.107)
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), seeing a strong unity between God and nature, by virtue of His sovereignty over nature, refused to speculate on origins. Newton said this in his "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematics (mathematical principles of natural philosophy), " The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being. Thus God arranged the planets at different distances from the sun." He said in another quote, "The Mosaick creation is not a nice and philosophical account of the origin of all things, but an historical and true representation of the formation of our single earth out of a confused chaos, and of the successive and visible changes thereof each day, till it became the habitation of mankind." (F. Manuel, "The Religion of Issac Newton, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974, p.31). Note the acknowledgement both of God as the origin of which is created and the seemingly literal understanding of the creation day.
All three scientists believed in a literal six (24-hour) day creation. Galileo was put on trial and had to recant his belief in the heliocentric theory of the solar system. He was forced to recant and died falsely accused as a heretic. Sir Isaac Newton was confronted by a scientist who was an atheist about his working scale model of the solar system. But Newton was able to use this model to glorify God. The atheist scientist was no longer an atheist, when Newton explained to him about the solar system that God created compared to this puny imitation of one that a craftsman built for him. The peerless Newton alone reaped a fitting reward, and ended his days gloriously in full appreciated honor of his sovereign, his countrymen, and the men of science of continental Europe.
I believe God gave these men the ability to discover great things in science because they acknowledged Him and His creation. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."