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Fr. George Coyne is the Endowed McDevitt Chair in Physics at Le Moyne College of the Jesuits in Syracuse, New York, where he has taught astronomy and the relationship between science and religious belief since 2012. After several decades on the faculty at the University of Arizona, he became the director of the Vatican Observatory in 1978. He served in that office during the 28 years of the papacy of Blessed John Paul II. Coyne completed his bachelor's degree in mathematics and his licentiate in philosophy at Fordham University in 1958 and obtained a doctorate in astronomy from Georgetown University in 1962.