The Helix Center notes with sadness the passing of John M. Templeton, Jr., the president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation (established in 1987 by his late father, Sir John Templeton). Dr. Templeton, formerly a pediatric surgeon and director of the trauma program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia died on Saturday, May 16th, in his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, at the age of 75.
The John Templeton Foundation’s primary funding areas include science and the big questions, character and virtue development, individual freedom and free enterprise, genetics, exceptional cognitive talent and genius, and the Templeton Prize. The foundation awarded the Helix Center a grant, which continues into 2016, for its series of fourteen roundtables, The Physical and Spiritual World, the Brain-Mind Connection, and Human Development and Genetics.
We are grateful for Dr. Templeton’s stewardship and the generous support of the foundation, its trustees and employees. We extend our condolences to Dr. Templeton’s family as well as to his colleagues at the John Templeton Foundation.
Dr. Templeton’s obituary may be read in full here.
The Helix Center Mission
The primary mission of The Helix Center is to draw together leaders from distinct spheres of knowledge in the arts and sciences for interdisciplinary roundtables, the unique format of which potentiates new ideas, new questions, and facilitates emergent creative qualities of mind less possible in conventional collaborations. Such a drawing together of leaders of various disciplines irrespective of their academic affiliation allows the Helix Center to function as a kind of university without walls.
Its accompanying website engages a global community in high-level discourse through live webcasts and continuing discussions arising from each roundtable.
The Helix Center also provides educational outreach through poetry discussions and music programs made available to teachers and schools.
The center is a 501(c)(3)–i.e., tax-exempt, non-profit–organization.
All Helix Center events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.