The 2022 St. Albert Award of the Society of Catholic Scientists was given to Br. Guy Consolmagno in recognition of his scientific research, his popular writing on science and faith, and his public witness to the harmony that exists between them.
Br. Guy earned his undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps in Kenya, and taught university physics, before entering the Jesuits in 1989. He has been at the Vatican Observatory since 1993 and was named its Director in 2015 by Pope Francis. He is also the President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Br. Guy is the author of over 200 scientific publications. In his research he explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies, measuring meteorite physical properties in Castel Gandolfo and observing distant asteroids with the Vatican’s telescope in Arizona. He has served as the Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. In 2014, that body awarded him the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.That communication has taken the form of numerous interviews, public lectures, articles, and books, including half a dozen books that deal with the relation of science and faith, such as God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion; Brother Astronomer, Adventures of a Vatican Scientist; and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestial? (co-authored with Paul Mueller), Br. Guy has also led the development of the Vatican Observatory Foundation’s website at www.VaticanObservatory.org that includes a very extensive resource of more than 500 articles, videos, and links to materials on Faith and Science.