Templeton World Charity Foundation and National Geographic Society launch initiative to find and fund three promising scientists in honor of Templeton Prize winner Dr Jane Goodall, DBE – National Geographic Society Newsroom


The Templeton World Charity Foundation is delighted to share this at the event to honor Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, with her 2021 Templeton Prize Winner Medal – Inspiration and Hope: Living a Life of Purpose – it was announced that the National Geographic Society had received a $2.7 million grant to work with them to find and fund the “next Jane Goodalls”.

Dr Goodall, winner of the 2021 Templeton Prize, gave a keynote lecture and spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour tonight at the Natural History Museum in London in her first public appearance since the COVID pandemic. The Templeton Prize, worth more than $1.3 million, is one of the largest annual individual prizes in the world. Established by the late global investor, philanthropist and founder of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust, Sir John Templeton, it is given to honor those who harness the power of science to explore the most depths of the world. the universe and humanity’s place and purpose within it.

Unlike previous honors given to Institute founder Jane Goodall, United Nations Messenger of Peace and world-renowned ethologist and conservationist, the Templeton Prize specifically celebrates Dr. Goodall’s scientific and spiritual curiosity. The award recognizes his tireless efforts to connect humanity to a greater purpose. “His observations have profoundly changed the world’s view of animal intelligence and enriched our understanding of humanity in ways that are both humbling and uplifting,” said Heather Templeton Dill, president of the John Templeton Foundation. “Ultimately, his work exemplifies the kind of humility, spiritual curiosity, and discovery that my grandfather, John Templeton, wrote and spoke about in his lifetime.”

It’s in the mind of Dr Goodall that the National Geographic Society was funded to identify and support three scientists whose passion and discoveries in wildlife field research have the potential to illuminate the unknown wonders of our world and help shape the future of the domain. “Dr. Goodall continues to be an inspiration to generations of scientists. His impact on the field of animal behavior and cognition, including on so many of the researchers we support, is widely felt. This grant in l honoring his legacy is especially important at this time, as we move away from the human experience to find other ways of knowing, experiencing and thriving that will, in turn, illuminate our own lives,” said Andrew Serazin, Chairman of the Templeton World Charity Foundation. long career of Dr. Goodall and will deepen our understanding of the wealth of intelligences that exist in nature.”

This initiative will support those people working with wild creatures on land or sea, each seeking answers to questions on a range of biological and behavioral topics, and each studying a different species, selected from the diversity of animal life. Like Dr. Goodall herself, they will be curious and driven, passionate about their research, their subjects and the natural world, and eager to create new knowledge. These individuals will have a desire to connect with diverse audiences and allow global audiences to see the natural world and ourselves with fresh eyes, new empathy, and a fuller understanding.

The National Geographic Society has played a pivotal role in supporting the legacy and impact of Dr. Goodall’s research and bringing his work and stories to the international spotlight since his first grant in 1961.

“Now, 60 years after Dr. Goodall’s first funding, the Society is extremely proud to consider his work one of the greatest we have ever supported – and his story that we are honored to continue to share,” said Jill, CEO of the Society. Tiefenthaler. “We hope to build on his legacy by identifying three new scientists who will gather much-needed information about animal intelligence and explore the deep questions of the universe – and humanity’s place and purpose within it – before d ‘other species are lost.’

Dr. Goodall’s Templeton Prize Lecture proved to be the perfect platform to announce this exciting opportunity. “I can identify closely with the motto which Sir John Templeton chose for his foundation, How little we know, how eager we are to learn, and I am eternally grateful that my curiosity and desire to learn is as strong as it was when I was a child,” she said upon accepting the 2021 Templeton Prize. “I understand that the deep mysteries of life are forever beyond scientific knowledge and “now we see through dark glass; then face to face.

Dr. Goodall’s legacy goes beyond his research. As an environmental activist, humanitarian and advocate for the ethical treatment of animals, she is a global force for compassion, a United Nations messenger of peace and an icon for millions around the world. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in 1977 to continue her work of studying and protecting chimpanzees while improving the lives of local communities through education and training. Goodall has dedicated his life to educating audiences of all ages around the world about animal welfare and conservation.

Although entrenched by the pandemic, her influence and popularity have grown with her virtual participation in events and conferences around the world. Since March 2020, Dr Goodall has spoken to thousands of people in more than 150 countries, communicating about the global crisis and the links between the rise of zoonotic diseases, biodiversity, sustainability, poverty and the relationship of l humanity with nature. At the same time, she launched a podcast, Hopefrom his attic studio in his childhood home in Bournemouth, England, and at the age of 88, is reaching millions of people via social media.

Dr. Goodall was awarded the 2021 Templeton Prize to celebrate her remarkable career, which was born and sustained by a lively scientific and spiritual curiosity. Raised a Christian, she developed her own sense of spirituality in the forests of Tanzania and has described her interactions with chimpanzees as reflecting the divine intelligence that she believes lies at the heart of nature. In his successful memoir, A reason to hopethese observations reinforced his personal belief system – that all living things and the natural world they inhabit are connected and that connective energy is a divine force transcending good and evil.

Goodall is the first ethologist and fourth woman to receive the Templeton Prize since its inception in 1972. The Templeton Prize winner is selected following an extensive selection process that engages an anonymous panel of expert nominators from a wide range of fields, followed by a rigorous ranking process through a panel of judges, which included members of the royal family, former presidents, scientists and religious leaders.
Goodall joins a list of 50 recipients of the award, including Saint Teresa of Calcutta (the inaugural award in 1973), the Dalai Lama (2012) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (2013) and geneticist and physician Francis Collins (2020), director of the National Institutes of Health and leader of the Human Genome Project, for his demonstration of how religious faith can motivate and inspire rigorous scientific research. Other scientists who have won the prize include Martin Rees (2011), John Barrow (2006), George Ellis (2004), Freeman Dyson (2000) and Paul Davies (1995).


About the Templeton Prize
Established in 1972, the Templeton Prize is one of the most important annual individual prizes in the world. It is awarded to honor individuals whose exemplary achievements advance Sir John Templeton’s philanthropic vision: to harness the power of science to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humanity’s place and purpose within it. . Currently valued at £1.1 million, the prize is adjusted periodically so that it always exceeds the value of the Nobel Prize. Winners have come from all faiths and geographies, and have included Nobel laureates, philosophers, theoretical physicists and a canonized saint. The Templeton Prize is awarded by the three Templeton philanthropies: the John Templeton Foundation, based in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the Templeton Religion Trust, based in Nassau, Bahamas. To learn more, visit TempletonPrize.org

About the Templeton Global Charitable Foundation
The Templeton World Charity Foundation, established by Sir John Templeton in 1996, supports a diverse group of scholars to discover new knowledge, develop new tools and pioneer new innovations that have a lasting impact on human flourishing. We support projects that will form a strong pipeline of innovations aimed at improving key aspects of human flourishing. Our strategy is not only to make exciting discoveries, but also to translate those discoveries into practices that can be rigorously tested and launched to benefit individuals and communities. To learn more, visit templetonworldcharity.org.


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