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Vatican astronomer to deliver St. Albert the Great Lecture

Rev. Christopher J. Corbally, S.J., president of the Vatican’s National Committee for Astronomy, will present Providence College’s annual St. Albert the Great Lecture on Faith, Reason, and Science on Thursday, November 21.

Father Corbally’s talk, entitled “Imagine That: Twenty Years of an Innovative Telescope for the Vatican,” begins at 4:00 p.m. and will be held in Aquinas Hall Lounge. A reception will follow in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.

A native of the United Kingdom, Father Corbally entered the Society of Jesus in 1963. He received a licentiate in philosophy from Heythrop College in 1968, a bachelor’s degree in physics from Bristol University in 1971, and a master’s degree in astronomy at the University of Sussex the following year. He returned to Heythrop College for a bachelor’s of divinity, which he received in 1976, the year he was ordained.

Father Corbally earned a doctorate in astronomy at the University of Toronto in 1983, when he became a research astronomer at the Vatican Observatory. He was vice director of the observatory’s research group until last year, and his work includes multiple star systems, activity in solar-type stars, galactic structure, and telescope technology.

The St. Albert the Great Lecture is one of four lectures presented annually by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies through the generosity of Edward J. Quinn, Jr. ’63 and his wife, Kathleen Reilly Quinn.


—  Liz F. Kay

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