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Matthew Walhout

John Templeton Foundation

Physicist Matthew Walhout, Ph.D., recently became the Vice President for Natural Sciences at the John Templeton Foundation, which is a philanthropic organization committed to harnessing the power of the sciences to address humanity’s most perplexing questions. Prior to 2019, he served for more than two decades as professor of physics, department chair, and dean for research at Calvin College in Michigan. His experimental and computational research has focused on ultracold atomic physics and spatiotemporal pattern-formation in electrical discharges. He has held visiting-researcher appointments at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and he is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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