Fr. Christopher J. Corbally, Ph.D.
(Vice Dir., Vatican Observatory)
1.6 – The Return (5.25.10)
5.2 – Aliens & Cover-Ups (12.28.12)
Fr. Chris Corbally S.J. was born near London in 1946 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1963. He completed the licentiate in philosophy at Heythrop College, Oxfordshire in 1968; his B.S. in physics at Bristol University in 1971; and his M.S. in astronomy at the University of Sussex (Brighton) in 1972. He was ordained in 1976, the year that he earned a B.D. in theology from Heythrop College, London, where he also gained a Pastoral Diploma in 1977.
After ordination, he obtained a PhD in astronomy at the University of Toronto (Canada) in 1983. Since then Fr. Corbally has been a research astronomer of the Vatican Observatory and was its Vice Director for the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson until 2012.
He is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society, the American Astronomical Society, the President of the National Committee for Astronomy in the Vatican City State for the International Astronomical Union. He was the president of the IAU’s Division IV (Stars), 2009-2012. He is a member of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, for which he was president from 1999-2002.
Fr. Corbally’s research interests include multiple star systems, stellar spectral classification, peculiar and metal-weak stars especially those with lambda Boötis characteristics, activity in solar-type stars, galactic structure and star formation regions, and telescope technology. He has had a long-term interest in interdisciplinary questions and is currently studying the characteristics of human sentience in the context of evolution.