Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ, Maryland Province
Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ is a planetary scientist and Curator of Meteorites at the Vatican Observatory. He earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT, and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona, was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989.
At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, his research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies, observing Kuiper Belt comets with the Vatican’s 1.8 meter telescope in Arizona, and curating the Vatican meteorite collection. Along with more than 100 scientific publications, he is the author of a number of books including Turn Left at Orion (with Dan Davis), Worlds Apart: A Textbook in Planetary Sciences (with Martha
Schaefer), and Brother Astronomer.
Dr. Consolmagno has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; is the past president of the International Astronomical Union, Commission 16 (Planets and Satellites) and secretary of Division III (Planetary Systems Sciences).