Bob Jantzen

from the honoring page for the 25th anniversary of George Coyne
as director of the Vatican Observatory

On September 6, 2008 at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia on the 80th anniversary of the Villanova University Mendel Award, George Coyne, director emeritus of the Vatican Observatory, was presented with the 2008 Mendel Award. This award was established in honor of Gregor Mendel and given to outstanding scientists who have done much by their painstaking work to advance the cause of science, and, by their lives and their standing before the world as scientists, have demonstrated that between true science and true religion there is no intrinsic conflict.