Posts Tagged ‘Pontifical Academy of Sciences’

Vatican names Google AI boss to scientific academy

Monday, March 11th, 2024

On Friday, the Vatican named artificial intelligence pioneer Demis Hassabis, head of Google DeepMind, to its scientific academy, as Pope Francis seeks to influence the expansion of technology. The 47-year-old Briton was included on a list of experts named to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, alongside Nobel prize-winning physicists Andrea Ghez and Didier Queloz. Founded Read more

Hell on Pontifical Academy for Sciences

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Pope Francis has appointed Nobel Laureate, Professor Stefan Walter Hell, to the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. Professor Hell, a Romanian-born German physicist, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on improving the resolution of microscopes. Read more

Papal medalist Stephen Hawking honoured by Vatican

Monday, March 19th, 2018

A series of tweets from the Vatican express sorrow and prayers for Stephen Hawking who died last week. Hawking was an esteemed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. St John Paul II named Hawking a member of the Academy in 1986. Its members are chosen on the basis of their academic credentials and professional Read more

China backs international fight against global organ trafficking

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

China is backing enhanced international collaboration to help fight global organ trafficking. At an organ trafficking summit at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences this week, Wang Haibo said global collaboration could start with sharing information and developing a coding system. Wang, who is head of the China Organ Transplant Response System, suggested China’s organ Read more

Pontifical Academy of Sciences defends consultation with abortion advocates

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has outraged some because of the speaker line-up at this week’s closed-door workshop on “how to save the natural world”. Among those invited to the Vatican workshop were leading population control advocates, including Paul Ehrlich. Ehrlich is well known for his forced abortion and mass sterilization beliefs. His presentation was Read more

Pontifical academy ponders evolution of mankind

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The evolutionary laws of heredity and genetic mutation pose no conflict to the Catholic faith, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences said during a meeting held to discuss the evolution of mankind. However, said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the beginning of the universe — “the transition from nothing to being” — is not Read more