The prestigious Templeton Prize for the year 2021 was given to conservationist Jane Goodall.She was renowned for her expertise on chimpanzees and her globe-spanning advocacy of environmental causes.
About Jane Goodall:
i.Jane Goodall is an English primatologist,anthropologist and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.
ii.She was the first to observe human-like behaviours amongst chimpanzees such as creating tools, and she demonstrated that they have individual personalities while she was in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960.
iii.She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues.
iv.She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996.
v.In April 2002, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace.
vi.She is an honorary member of the World Future Council. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 to continue her work to study and protect chimpanzees.
About Templeton Prize:
- It was established in 1972 by the late philanthropist Sir John Templeton.
- The Templeton Prize is one of the world’s largest individual awards currently valued at 1.1 million pounds, or $1.56 million(~Rs.11.30 crore).
- Some of the Notable Past winners include Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
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