ASU's Frank Wilczek receives the Templeton Prize for 2022

AWARDS AND SPORTS

Frank Wilczek, a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist, author, and Professor, was announced as the winner of the 2022 Templeton Prize. His investigations into the fundamental laws of nature have transformed our understanding of the forces that govern our universe.

Wilczek’s achievements in physics, include establishing the theoretical description of one of the four fundamental forces in nature and proposing a leading explanation for dark matter. Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in 2004 for his early-career work establishing the fundamental theory of the strong nuclear force. He has written several popular books, including "A Beautiful Question" (2015) and "The Lightness of Being" (2008). Other physicists who have won the prize include Marcelo Gleiser (2019), Martin Rees (2011), John Barrow (2006), George Ellis (2004), Freeman Dyson (2000), and Paul Davies (1995).

He became the 6th Nobel laureate to receive the Templeton Prize since its inception in 1972. As a 2022 Templeton Prize laureate he will participate in several virtual and in­person events, including a 2022 Templeton Prize event.

 

   Important Points for the exam:

  • Frank Wilczek a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist, author, and Professor, was announced as the winner of the 2022 Templeton Prize. 
  • His investigations into the fundamental laws of nature have transformed our understanding of the forces that govern our universe.
  • Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in 2004 for his early-career work establishing the fundamental theory of the strong nuclear force.
  • He has written several popular books, including "A Beautiful Question" (2015) and "The Lightness of Being" (2008). 

   Facts to Know:

  • The Templeton Prize is valued at more than $1.3 million.
  • It is one of the world's largest annual individual awards.
  • It is established by the late global investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton.
  • It is given to honor those who harness the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it.
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