2016 Templeton Prize Winner to be Announced on March 2


The winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize will be announced on Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30 am EST at a news conference in London, which will be webcast live at www.templetonprize.org.

The Templeton Prize annually honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.

Valued at £1.1 million (about $1.6 million or €1.4 million), the Templeton Prize is one of the world’s largest annual monetary awards given to an individual. The 2016 Prize Laureate will join a distinguished group of 45 former recipients. Last year’s Templeton Prize Laureate was Canadian philosopher and theologian Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, the international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers. Czech priest and philosopher Tomáš Halík was the 2014 Laureate, preceded by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa in 2013 and the Dalai Lama in 2012. The Templeton Prize will be formally awarded on May 26 at a ceremony in London.

Established in 1972 by the late global investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Templeton Prize is a cornerstone of the John Templeton Foundation’s international efforts to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.

Questions for the Laureate can be submitted via the webcast and email. The Templeton Prize can also be followed on Twitter at @TempletonPrize and by using #TempletonPrize2016.