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Physicist Marcelo Gleiser wins Templeton Prize 2019

Date: 20 March 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards

Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser (60) was awarded 2019 Templeton Prize worth $1.4 million for his work on blending science and spirituality. It makes him first Latin American to win this award.

About Marcelo Gleiser

  • Gleiser is theoretical physicist and views that science and religion are not enemies. He has described science as a spiritual quest to understand origins of the universe and life on earth.
  • He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to an influential family in the city’s Jewish community. He was educated in Brazil and Britain.
  • Currently he is professor at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. He joined physics and astronomy department of Dartmouth in 1991.
  • He has written best-selling books and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, discussing science as spiritual quest to understand origins of universe and life on Earth.

About Templeton Prize

  • It is awarded annually on person for outstanding his/her contributions in affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.
  • It was instituted in 1973 by US-based John Templeton Foundation, which promotes dialogue and research on issues ranging from evolution to forgiveness.
  • It was originally awarded to people working in the field of religion, but in 1980s its scope was broadened to include people working at intersection of science and religion.
  • Mother Teresa was the first winner in 1973. Some of its other recipients include Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1975), Dalai Lama (2012) etc. In 2018, it was awarded to King Abdullah II of Jordan.