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Michael Heller
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Scientist
    (March 12, 1936- )
    Born in Tarnow, Poland
    Catholic priest and winner of the Templeton Prize
    Attended Catholic University of Lublin where he earned a MA in Philosophy in 1965 and a PhD in Cosmology 1966
    Taught at the Pontifical University of John Paul II, the Theological Institute of Tarnow (Poland), and Catholic University of Louvain
    Worked at the Vatican Observatory
    Wrote over thirty books in Polish and English
    Partial or full author of over five hundred scholarly papers and over two hundred; book reviews, reports, and discussions
    Said, 'Science gives us knowledge, but religion gives us meaning'
    He wanted to use the prize money from winning the Templeton Prize to establish a research institute named after fellow Pole/priest/scientist Nicholas Copernicus instead of using to feed the hungry and clothe the naked like Jesus said.
    He usually wears a suit and tie instead of the clerical garb of a Catholic priest.
    He only worked a year in a parish and said it was one of the most difficult years of his life.
    He studies something hilariously called 'groupoid theory.'
    Much of his work is dedicated to reconciling science and religion.
    He had a horrific childhood; Nazi Germany invaded his country when he was only three years old. his family fled to the Soviet Union where Stalin promptly sent his family and their fellow refugees to Siberian death camps where they stayed until the late 1940's.
    He made staggering contributions to both physics and philosophy.
    His current research (as of 2015) concentrates on 'The singularity problem in general relativity and the use of noncommutative geometry in seeking the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics.'
    He was longtime friends with his mentor, Pope John Paul II.
    He is a polite, informative, and overall excellent interview.
    Due to Communist opposition, he wasn't allowed to travel abroad until the late 1970's and his complete research wasn't revealed until after the fall of Communism.

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