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London News Conference To Announce 41st Templeton Prize Laureate on April 6

Event: News Conference
Date: April 6, 2011, 11:00 AM BST (London) / 6:00 AM EDT (New York)
Venue: The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London
Live webcast:

The winner of the 2011 Templeton Prize will be announced at a news conference on Wednesday, April 6, 11:00 AM BST London (6:00 AM EDT New York), at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. The 2011 Prize laureate will speak at the news conference which will be webcast live 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. Established in 1972 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 discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.

Valued at £1,000,000 (about $1.61 million or €1.15 million), the Templeton Prize is the world's largest annual monetary award given to an individual.

The Prize will be officially awarded by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, June 1.

Judges for the 2011 Templeton Prize evidence a wide range of disciplines:

The 2011 Prize laureate will join a distinguished group of 40 former recipients. Last year’s award went to Francisco J. Ayala, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, for his achievements as an evolutionary geneticist and for his opposition to the entanglement of science and religion while also calling for mutual respect between the two.

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For Journalists: Information on the 2011 Templeton Prize Laureate can be provided in advance under strict embargo.