Arthur Peacocke, physical biochemist and Anglican priest, has been named this year's recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Peacocke, a pioneer of early DNA research and founder of the Society of Ordained Scientists, is the author of more than eight books. He joins the likes of Billy Graham and Mother Teresa as recipients of the prize, this year valued at the equivalent of about $1 million. Peacocke, 76, called the prize "a vindication of my somewhat idiosyncratic life, going from full-time science to full-time theology," a path he said many of his colleagues did not understand.

Among his books are Science and the Christian Experiment (Oxford Univ. Press, 1971), Theology for a Scientific Age: Being and Becoming (Fortress, 1993) and Paths from Science Towards God: The End of All Our Exploring (Oneworld, April 2001).