BY DENNIS SADOWSKI
VETERAN astronomer Jesuit Fr George Coyne has been honoured by the American Astronomical Society for his work in building a Vaticansponsored summer school for young astronomers and promoting discussions on the intersection of religion and science. Fr Coyne, retired director of the Vatican Observatory, received the George Van Biesbroeck Prize at the opening of the Society’s 215th general meeting in Washington. The honour included a citation and a cash prize.
In presenting the honour society president John Huchra said Fr Coyne’s efforts to bring scientists and religious leaders together to discuss the intersection of religion and science has led to greater understanding in both fields. “The prize means a lot to me personally,” Fr Coyne said afterwards.