23 March 2019 Current Affairs:
Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser (60) was awarded 2019 Templeton Prize worth $1.4 million for his work on blending science and spirituality. It makes him first Latin American to win this award.
Templeton Prize is awarded annually on person for outstanding his/her contributions in affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.
Mother Teresa was the first winner in 1973.
Some of its other recipients include Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1975), Dalai Lama (2012) etc.
In 2018, it was awarded to King Abdullah II of Jordan.