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The winner of the 2010 Templeton Prize will be announced at a news conference on Thursday, March 25th at 11:00 AM EDT at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The 2010 Prize laureate will attend the news conference and be available for questions via a live webcast at

The Templeton Prize each year honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Created by the late global investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Prize is a cornerstone of the John Templeton Foundation’s international efforts to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life's biggest questions, ranging from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity.

Valued at one million pounds sterling (about $1.51 million or €1.10 million), the Templeton Prize is the world's largest annual monetary award given to an individual. Its value is set always to exceed the Nobel Prizes to underscore Templeton's belief that benefits from advances in spiritual discoveries can be quantifiably more vast than those from other worthy human endeavors.

The 2010 Templeton Prize will be officially awarded by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, May 5th.

The 2010 Prize laureate will join a distinguished group of 39 former recipients. Last year’s award went to Bernard d’Espagnat, a French physicist and philosopher of science whose explorations of the philosophical implications of quantum physics have opened new vistas on the definition of reality and the potential limits of knowable science. The 2008 laureate was cosmologist and Catholic priest Michael Heller, professor in the faculty of philosophy at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Kraków, Poland, who used his Prize proceeds to create the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Kraków to further research and education in science and theology as an academic discipline.

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