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philosopher , physicist , priest

Michael Heller, Polish priest, physicist, philosopher. Recipient Templeton prize, John Templeton Foundation, 2008. Member of Pontifical Academy Sciences (elected 1991).


Heller, Michael was born on March 12, 1936 in Tarnów, Poland. Son of Zofia and Kaziemierz Heller.


Master of Theology, Catholic University Lublin, Poland, 1959. Master of Philosophy, Catholic University Lublin, Poland, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Catholic University Lublin, Poland, 1966.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University of Science & Technology, Crakow, 1996.


Ordained priest, 1959. Member faculty Theological Faculty in Crakow (now Pontifical Academy Theology), 1966—1985. Associate professor Pontifical Academy Theology, Crakow, 1985—1990, full professor, since 1990.

Co-founding member, director Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, 1969. Co-founding member Crakow Group of Cosmology. Assistant professor Catholic University Lublin, 1969.

Visiting professor, George Lemaitre chair Institute Astrophysics & Geophysics, Catholic University Louvain, Belgium, 1977, 82. Researcher Liège Astronomical Observatory, Belgium, 1996. Visiting professor mathematics physics Gregorian University, Rome, 2004, 06.

Adjunct scholar Vatican Astronomical Observatory, Tucson.



Member of Pontifical Academy Sciences (elected 1991).


Zofia Heller

Kaziemierz Heller