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Sir John Marks Templeton

1912 - 2008

Sir John Marks Templeton, who created a Foundation with an endowment of $1.5 billion to foster better understanding of the frontier of science and the humanities, died on Tuesday, 8 July 2008. He was 95. The foundation awards the Templeton Prize, the largest annual award given to an individual (£1,000,000), and sponsors conferences and studies to reflect progress on what his Foundation has called the ‘Big Questions’ of science and the humanities. Amongst the winners of the Templeton Prize are physicists such as Paul Davies, Sir John Polkinghorne, Freeman Dyson, George Ellis and Charles Townes. Dr. Jake Templeton, the son of Sir John, has been President of the Foundation since the latter’s retirement in 1995.


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