The naturalist Jane Goodall won the 2021 Templeton prize in recognition of her life’s work on animal intelligence and humanity. Goodall, 87, built her global reputation on her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees in Tanzania in the 1960s.
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Her foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, works with local communities as well as provide safe habitats for chimpanzees and gorillas. Its educational branch, Roots and Shoots, operates in 67 countries. The prize celebrates individuals who harness the power of science to answer questions about the universe and humanity’s purpose. Heather Templeton Dill, president of the John Templeton Foundation, said Goodall’s work exemplified “humility, spiritual curiosity and discovery.” The $1.5m prize money “will make a huge difference to our programs around the world”, Goodall told The Guardian. She said she was “humbled and overawed” to be awarded the Templeton prize.