Trustee Martin Rees Awarded 2011 Templeton Prize

Martin Rees, Trustee of the Institute and former Member (1969-70, 1973, 1975, 1982, 1992-93, 1996) in the School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded the 2011 Templeton Prize. The announcement cited his insights into the mysteries of the Big Bang and black holes in space that have “provoked vital questions that address mankind’s deepest hopes and fears.” Rees is currently Master of Trinity College in the University of Cambridge, where he is also Professor Emeritus of Cosmology and Astrophysics. He is a former President of the Royal Society and has held the honorary title of Astronomer Royal since 1995. Previous Templeton Prize recipients include Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, who was awarded the prize in 2000.