The naturalist Jane Goodall has been announced as the 2021 winner of the Templeton Prize in recognition of her life’s work on animal intelligence and humanity. Goodall built her global reputation on her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees in Tanzania in the 1960s.
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The Templeton Prize is an annual award granted to a living person, in the estimation of the judges, “whose exemplary achievements advance Sir John Templeton’s philanthropic vision: harnessing the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it.”
About Templeton Prize
- Instituted: 1973;
- Presented by: John Templeton Foundation;
- Reward(s): £1.1 million;
- Currently held by: Francis Collins;
- Awarded for: Outstanding contributions in affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.