The Pontifical Academy of Sciences traces its history to the Academy of the Lynxes first founded in 1603, of which Galileo was a member. It is a group of 80 life members plus two honorary members and four members )including the director of the Vatican Observatory) who belong by right of their office within the Vatican.

Its goals are promoting the progress of the mathematical, physical and natural sciences, and the study of related epistemological questions and issues, recognising excellence in science, stimulating an interdisciplinary approach to scientific knowledge, encouraging international interaction, furthering participation in the benefits of science and technology by the greatest number of people and peoples, promoting education and the public’s understanding of science, ensuring that science works to advance of the human and moral dimension of man, achieving a role for science which involves the promotion of justice, development, solidarity, peace, and the resolution of conflict, fostering interaction between faith and reason and encouraging dialogue between science and spiritual, cultural, philosophical and religious values, providing authoritative advice on scientific and technological matters, and cooperating with the members of other Academies in a friendly spirit to promote such objectives.

The best place to start to learn about the PAS is at its own web site (click here).


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Pontifical Academy of Science Website: http://www.casinapioiv.va/content/accademia/en.html