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2014 Templeton Prize Laureate

Tomáš Halík

Priest and Philosopher
Prague, Czech Republic

Tomáš Halík
2013 Templeton Prize Laureate

Desmond Tutu

Emeritus Archbishop
Cape Town, South Africa
 

Desmond Tutu
2012 Templeton Prize Laureate

The Dalai Lama

Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader
Dharamsala, India
 

The Dalai Lama
2011 Templeton Prize Laureate

Martin J. Rees

Theoretical astrophysicist
Cambridge, England

Martin J. Rees
2010 Templeton Prize Laureate

Francisco J. Ayala

Evolutionary biologist
Irvine, California, USA

Francisco J. Ayala
2009 Templeton Prize Laureate

Bernard d’Espagnat

Physicist and philosopher of science
Paris, France

Bernard d’Espagnat
2008 Templeton Prize Laureate

Michael Heller

Cosmologist and Catholic priest
Kraków, Poland

Michael Heller
2007 Templeton Prize Laureate

Charles Taylor

Philosopher
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Charles Taylor
2006 Templeton Prize Laureate

John D. Barrow

Cosmologist
Cambridge, England

John D. Barrow
2005 Templeton Prize Laureate

Charles H. Townes

Physicist
Berkeley, California, USA

Charles H. Townes
2004 Templeton Prize Laureate

George F. R. Ellis

Cosmologist
Cape Town, South Africa

George F. R. Ellis
2003 Templeton Prize Laureate

Holmes Rolston, III

Philosopher
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Holmes Rolston, III
2002 Templeton Prize Laureate

John C. Polkinghorne

Scientist and theologian
Cambridge, England

John C. Polkinghorne
2001 Templeton Prize Laureate

Arthur Peacocke

Scientist and theologian
Oxford, England

Arthur Peacocke
2000 Templeton Prize Laureate

Freeman Dyson

Scientist
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Freeman Dyson
1999 Templeton Prize Laureate

Ian Barbour

Scientist and theologian
Northfield, Minnesota, USA

Ian Barbour
1998 Templeton Prize Laureate

Sigmund Sternberg

Businessman
London, England

Sigmund Sternberg
1997 Templeton Prize Laureate

Pandurang Shastri Athavale

Founder of the Swadhyaya movement
Mumbai, India

Pandurang Shastri Athavale
1996 Templeton Prize Laureate

William R. Bright

Evangelist
Orlando, Florida, USA

William R. Bright
1995 Templeton Prize Laureate

Paul Davies

Scientist
Tucson, Arizona, USA

Paul Davies
1994 Templeton Prize Laureate

Michael Novak

Philosopher and theologian
Washington, DC, USA

Michael Novak
1993 Templeton Prize Laureate

Charles W. Colson

Founder of Prison Fellowship
Washington, DC, USA

Charles W. Colson
1992 Templeton Prize Laureate

Kyung-Chik Han

Presbyterian Pastor
Seoul, Korea

Kyung-Chik Han
1991 Templeton Prize Laureate

Lord Jakobovits

Former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth
London, England

Lord Jakobovits
1990 Templeton Prize Laureate

Baba Amte & Charles Birch

Anandwan Community, India

Biologist, Sydney, Australia

Baba Amte & Charles Birch
1989 Templeton Prize Laureate

Lord MacLeod & Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker

Iona Community, Scotland

Physicist, Starnberg, Germany

Lord MacLeod & Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
1988 Templeton Prize Laureate

Inamullah Khan

Former Secretary-General, World Muslim Congress
Karachi, Pakistan

Inamullah Khan
1987 Templeton Prize Laureate

Stanley L. Jaki

Astrophysicist
South Orange, New Jersey, USA

Stanley L. Jaki
1986 Templeton Prize Laureate

James I. McCord

Former Chancellor of the Center of Theological Inquiry
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

James I. McCord
1985 Templeton Prize Laureate

Alister Hardy

Founder of the Sir Alister Hardy Research Centre
Oxford, England

Alister Hardy
1984 Templeton Prize Laureate

Michael Bourdeaux

Founder of Keston College
Oxford, England
 

Michael Bourdeaux
1983 Templeton Prize Laureate

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Author
Russia

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1982 Templeton Prize Laureate

Billy Graham

Founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Billy Graham
1981 Templeton Prize Laureate

Dame Cicely Saunders

Founder of the modern hospice movement
London, England
 

Dame Cicely Saunders
1980 Templeton Prize Laureate

Ralph Wendell Burhoe

Founder and former editor of the journal Zygon
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Ralph Wendell Burhoe
1979 Templeton Prize Laureate

Nikkyo Niwano

Founder of Rissho Kosei-Kai and World Conference on Religion and Peace
Japan

Nikkyo Niwano
1978 Templeton Prize Laureate

Thomas F. Torrance

Former Moderator of the Church of Scotland
Scotland

Thomas F. Torrance
1977 Templeton Prize Laureate

Chiara Lubich

Founder of the Focolare Movement
Italy

Chiara Lubich
1976 Templeton Prize Laureate

Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens

Former Archbishop of Malines-Brussels

Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens
1975 Templeton Prize Laureate

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Former President of India and Oxford Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
1974 Templeton Prize Laureate

Brother Roger

Founder and Prior of the Taizé Community
France

Brother Roger
1973 Templeton Prize Laureate

Mother Teresa

Founder of the Missionaries of Charity
Calcutta, India

Mother Teresa
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What is the best way to live? How large is God? How are finite beings related to the infinite? What was God's purpose in creating the universe? How can we be helpful? These ageless questions can inspire people today just as they have inspired people throughout the ages, linking the human soul to philosophy and to the love of wisdom.

—Sir John Templeton

Purpose

The Templeton Prize honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton, the Prize aims, in his words, to identify "entrepreneurs of the spirit"—outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Prize celebrates no particular faith tradition or notion of God, but rather the quest for progress in humanity's efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine.

Men and women of any creed, profession, or national origin may be nominated for the Templeton Prize. The distinguished roster of previous winners includes representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The Prize has been awarded to scientists, philosophers, theologians, members of the clergy, philanthropists, writers, and reformers, for work that has ranged from the creation of new religious orders and social movements to humanistic scholarship to research about the origins of the universe.

What these remarkable people have shared is a commitment to exploring one or more of the Big Questions at the core of the John Templeton Foundation's mandate. All have been seekers of wisdom, humbled by the complexity of the human condition but determined to chart a path forward with their ideas and deeds. Some Templeton Prize laureates have demonstrated the transformative power of virtues like love, forgiveness, gratitude, and creativity. Others have provided new insights into scientific or philosophical problems relating to infinity, ultimate reality, and purpose in the cosmos. Still others have used the analytical tools of the humanities to provide new perspectives on the spiritual dilemmas of modern life. The Prize seeks and encourages breadth of vision, recognizing that human beings take their spiritual bearings from a range of experiences.

Criteria
The qualities sought in a Templeton Prize nominee include creativity and innovation, rigor and impact. The judges seek, above all, a substantial record of achievement that highlights or exemplifies one of the various ways in which human beings express their yearning for spiritual progress. Consideration is given to a nominee's work as a whole, not just during the year prior to selection. Nominations are especially encouraged in the fields of:

  • Research in the human sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences.
  • Scholarship in philosophy, theology, and other areas of the humanities.
  • Practice, including religious leadership, the creation of organizations that edify and inspire, and the development of new schools of thought.
  • Commentary and journalism on matters of religion, virtue, character formation, and the flourishing of the human spirit.

These fields do not exhaust the areas in which achievement might qualify for the Templeton Prize, nor is it necessary for a nominee's work to be confined to just one field.

Award
The Prize is a monetary award in the amount of £1,100,000 sterling.

For more information:
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Nominations Deadline July 1, 2015

Nominations for the 2016 Templeton Prize are open.

Click here for the 2016 Nomination Form