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Templeton Prize winner believes science, spirituality are complementary

A Dartmouth College cosmologist and theoretical physicist, who considers himself a religious agnostic even though he has devoted his career to examining link between science, philosophy and spirituality in exploring the mystery of creation, is the 2019 Templeton Prize winner.

Marcelo Gleiser, 60, often describes science as an “engagement with the mysterious” because he believes it cannot be separated from humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

A native of Brazil, he is the first Latin American to be named a Templeton Prize Laureate.

In announcing the award on 19th March, the John Templeton Foundation called Gleiser “a prominent voice among scientists, past and present, who reject the notion that science alone can lead to ultimate truths about the nature of reality.”

The Templeton Prize, established in 1972 by Sir John Templeton, aims to recognise someone “who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery or practical works.”

Gleiser’s work has earned international acclaim. His books are best-sellers, especially in his homeland, and his television series has drawn millions of viewers.

Picture: Marcelo Gleiser, a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., was announced as the 2019 Templeton Prize Laureate on 19th March. The Templeton Prize is one of the world’s largest annual individual awards and honours a person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery or practical works. Gleiser is pictured in a 2015 photo. (CNS photo/Eli Burakian, Dartmouth College).