Fr. Stanley L. Jaki used the phrase stillbirths of science in reference to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China, India, Babylon, Greece, and Arabia. The lifeless imagery was the counter-analogy to his claim that science was born of Christianity.
Apologists and well-read Catholics can point to many priest-scientists and declare forcefully what Fr. Georges Lemaître discoverer of the "Big Bang" robustly proclaimed in 1933: "There is no conflict between religion and science."
Father Copernicus seems to have been so self-effacing that he was not considered well-known enough for a marked grave. He did not change the world as Christ did, but he changed the way the world is understood.