Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College • 2019 Templeton Prize Laureate
2021 Speaker

Hanover, New Hampshire

Marcelo Gleiser is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College, and a leading proponent of the view that science, philosophy, and spirituality are complementary expressions of humanity’s need to embrace mystery and the unknown. 2019 Templeton Prize Laureate.

He obtained his PhD from King's College London and received the 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He is the 2019 Templeton Prize Laureate.

His books have been published in 15 languages and include The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and The Search for Meaning, A Tear at the Edge of Creation and The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected. He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and more than 1000 essays and op-eds. He frequently participates in TV documentaries and radio shows in the U.S. and abroad. He is the co-founder of the NPR blog on science and culture, 13.7, and currently writes the weekly column 13.8 for He directs the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College.