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Astrophysicist named for Templeton Prize

April 06, 2011

A British astrophysicist who claims no religious beliefs has been named as this year's recipient of the Templeton Prize, given for someone who "has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension."

Martin Rees, whose work has dealt with black holes and the "big bang" that is seen as the birth of the universe, was awarded the $1.6 million prize for exploring issues that touch upon "the most fundamental questions of our nature and existence."


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  • Posted by: Hugh of St. Victor - Apr. 08, 2011 1:34 PM ET USA

    Will the Templeton foundation ever come back to earth? They just can't conceive of anything but cosmology, Big Bang and black holes so they now have a mental block. But just maybe sedimentary studies coupled with C-14 dating of the fossils like dinosaur bone collagen in the 1000's of years and the knowledge that organic chemicals just can't last millions of years might force them to realize that such concordant data from different scientific disciplines can't be ignored any longer.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 06, 2011 8:44 PM ET USA

    Here's more religiosity without religion being rewarded. Templeton has done that a lot in recent years.