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    Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

    Br Guy Consolmagno, SJBr. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., the official Vatican astronomer and curator of the Vatican’s extensive meteorite collection in Castel Gandolfo, will be the next presentation in the Saint Vincent College Threshold Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

    Br. Guy’s research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In 1996, he spent six weeks collecting meteorites with an NSF-sponsored team on the blue ice of Antarctica, and in 2000 he was honored by the IAU for his contributions to the study of meteorites and asteroids with the naming of Asteroid 4597 Consolmagno.

    Br. Guy was born in 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in 1974 and master of science degree in 1975 in earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona in 1978. From 1978-80 he was a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at the Harvard College Observatory, and from 1980-1983 continued as post-doc and lecturer at MIT.

    In 1983 he left MIT to join the U.S. Peace Corps, where he served for two years in Kenya teaching physics and astronomy. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1985 he became an assistant professor of physics at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he taught until his entry into the Jesuit Order in 1989. He took vows as a Jesuit brother in 1991 and studied philosophy and theology at Loyola University, Chicago, and physics at the University of Chicago before his assignment to the Vatican Observatory in 1993.

    In spring 2000 he held the MacLean Chair for Visiting Jesuit Scholars at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and in 2006-2007 held the Loyola Chair at Fordham University, New York. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and a visiting professor at Loyola College, Baltimore, and Loyola University, Chicago.

    Br. Guy has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Division III, Planetary Systems Science (secretary, 2000 - present) and Commission 16, Moons and Planets (president, 2003-2006); and the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (chair, 2006-2007).

    He has co-authored five astronomy books: Turn Left at Orion (with Dan M. Davis; Cambridge University Press, 1989); Worlds Apart (with Martha W. Schaefer; Prentice Hall, 1993); The Way to the Dwelling of Light (University of Notre Dame Press, 1998); Brother Astronomer (McGraw Hill, 2000); and God's Mechanics (Jossey-Bass, 2007). He also edited The Heavens Proclaim (Vatican Observatory Publications, 2009).