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Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and a leading proponent of the view that science, philosophy, and spirituality are complementary expressions of humanity’s need to embrace mystery and the unknown.

THE APPLETON PROFESSOR of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, he has earned international acclaim through his books, essays, blogs, TV documentaries, and conferences that present science as a spiritual quest to understand the origins of the universe and of life on Earth. A native of Brazil, where his books are bestsellers and his television series draw audiences in the millions, Gleiser is the first Latin American to be awarded the Templeton Prize.

We need to be open to learn from those who think differently from the way we think because only then will we be able to understand one another better, and go beyond the tribal divides that have been a real problem in the modern world. We need to unite as a species so that we have a future. We have to leave the world for the future generations a better place that we found.

Read Marcelo's Acceptance Speech