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George V. Coyne, S.J.

George Coyne

Respecting “the richness of both religious faith and scientific research,” astronomer George V. Coyne, S.J., is a participant in and promoter of the dialogue between science and religion. An outspoken critic of creationism and intelligent design, he explores the implications that scientific evolution has for religion.

From 1978 to 2006, Coyne served as director of the Vatican Observatory. For more than 40 years, he taught astronomy at the University of Arizona. In 2012, he was named to the McDermott Chair in Religious Philosophy at Lemoyne College where he is organizing interdisciplinary conferences exploring scientific perspectives on divine action. He is president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.

Coyne’s research has focused on studies of the interstellar medium, stars with extended atmospheres, and Seyfert galaxies. Most recently he has been studying interacting binary star systems that give off sudden bursts of intense energy. In addition to more than 60 research papers, he co-authored A Comprehensible Universe: The Interplay of Science and Theology (2010) and Wayfarers in the Cosmos: The Human Quest for Meaning (2002).

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