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Matthew Walhout, Ph.D.

Vice President, Natural Sciences

Dr. Matthew Walhout is Vice President, Natural Sciences at the John Templeton Foundation. In this role, Dr. Walhout works closely with the President to develop strategic alignment across the Foundation’s funding priorities in Science and the Big Questions. He also develops strategies to identify and support interdisciplinary scientific research, and works with other co-funders with similar funding goals to explore shared grantmaking opportunities.

Previously, Dr. Walhout was Dean for Research and Scholarship and professor of physics and astronomy at Calvin College, where he pursued an active research program in experimental and computational physics. He taught courses in physics and astronomy, the philosophy of science, history of science, and in science and religion. He also served for an extended period as the Chair of the Physics Department. Prior to his tenure at Calvin College, Dr. Walhout worked with Dr. William D. Phillips, who later went on to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Dr. Walhout received a B.S. in physics from Calvin College, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland.