He was the member of the editorial staff of Signs of the Times and the editor of the Review and Herald.
Nichol was a prolific author and wrote several works including Answers to Objections and The Midnight Cry. He was also chairman of the Ellen G. White Estate board of trustees and the supervising editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary.
F. D. Nichol was born 14 February 1897 in Thirlmere, New South Wales, Australia to John and Mary Nichol who became Adventists after reading a discarded copy of the Review and Herald (now the Adventist Review). In 1905 when Francis was eight years old his family emigrated to Loma Linda, California.
Came to the United States, 1905. Student San Fernando Academy, 1910-1914, Isaacs Woodbury Business College, 1916. Th.B., Pacific Union College, 1920.
Doctor of Divinity, Andrews U., Berrien Springs, Michigan, 1958.
In 1921 he joined the editorial staff of Signs of the Times and in 1927 became associate editor of the Review and Herald. He became editor in 1945 upon the retirement of Francis M. Wilcox and held this post until his death in June 1966.
Nichol was a prolific author and wrote several works including Answers to Objections (1932/1952) and The Midnight Cry (1944). He was also chairman of the Ellen G. White Estate board of trustees and the supervising editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary.
He wrote two apologetic works supporting the prophetic ministry of Ellen G. White: Ellen G. White and Her Critics: An Answer to the Major Charges that Critics Have Brought Against Mrs. Ellen G. White (1951), and Why I Believe in Mrs. E. G. White (1964).
Associate editor Signs of Times, California, 1921-1927, Review and Herald, Washington, 1928-1945. Editor Life and Health, National Health Journal, Washington, 1934-1945. Editor Review and Herald, since 1945.Member board Review and Herald Public Assn.
Member American History Society, American Medical Association (committee medicine and religion), Academy Political Science, American Society Church History, Academy Religion and Mental Health. Seventh-day Adventist.