NIH head Francis Collins wins $1.3M Templeton Prize for his witness to faith and science

By The Christian Post

U.S. National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins interviews science journalist and author Helen Thomson about the brain on June 7, 2019, during NIH’s 3rd annual Big Read, a culminating event following book club discussions around NIH. | National Institutes of Health

U.S. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, a devout Christian geneticist, is the 2020 winner of the Templeton Prize, a financial award of $1.3 million that honors his storied career of using science to advocate for the “integration of faith and reason.”

“It is a distinct honor, and one which is particularly appropriate in these challenging times, to announce the winner of the 2020 Templeton Prize, Dr. Francis Collins — geneticist, physician, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and one of the most prominent and respected scientists in the world,” Heather Templeton Dill, president of the John Templeton Foundation and granddaughter of the late philanthropist Sir John Templeton, said in a statement Wednesday.  

“Throughout his long career, Dr. Collins has advocated for the integration of faith and reason, demonstrating how religious faith can inform and inspire a rigorous quest for knowledge of the natural world through the sciences.”

Source:The Christian Post