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Dan David Prize

Dan David Prize
Awarded for outstanding contribution in the fields of science, technology, culture or social welfare
Country Israel
Presented by The Dan David Foundation
First awarded 2002
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Jimmy Wales Accepting the Dan David Prize at the Tel Aviv University, 2015

The Dan David Prize grants three prizes of US$ 1 million for outstanding achievement each year. Fields are chosen for Past, Present and Future.

The Dan David Prize is awarded for innovative and interdisciplinary research. Prize laureates donate 10 percent of their prize money to doctoral scholarships for outstanding Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholarships for outstanding researchers in their own field from around the world.[1]


The Dan David Foundation was founded in 2000 with a $100 million endowment by Romanian-born Israeli businessman and philanthropist Dan David.[2] The Founding Director was Professor Gad Barzilai. The foundation and Tel Aviv University award the prizes. The first awards ceremony took place at Tel Aviv University on May 2002.


Year Theme Laureate
2002 Past - History Warburg Library
Present - Technology, Information and Society Daniel Hillis
Future - Life sciences Sydney Brenner, John Sulston, Robert Waterston
2003 Past - Paleoanthropology Michel Brunet
Present - Print & electronic media James Nachtwey, Frederick Wiseman
Future - cosmology & astronomy John Bahcall
2004 Past - Cities: Historical legacy Rome, Istanbul, Jerusalem
Present - Leadership: Changing our World Klaus Schwab
Future - Brain sciences Robert Wurtz, Amiram Grinvald, William Newsome
2005 Past- Archaeology Graeme Barker, Israel Finkelstein
Present - The Performing Arts: Film, Theater, Dance, Music Peter Brook
Future - Materials science Robert Langer, George Whitesides, C.N.R. Rao
2006 Past - Music Yo-Yo Ma
Present - Journalism Magdi Allam, Monica Gonzalez, Adam Michnik, Goenawan Mohamad
Future - Treatment of cancer John Mendelsohn, Joseph Schlessinger
2007 Past - Historians Jacques Le Goff
Present - Contemporary Music Pascal Dusapin, Zubin Mehta
Future - Quest for Energy James E. Hansen, Jerry Olson, Sarah Kurtz
2008 Past - Creative Rendering of the Past Amos Oz, Tom Stoppard, Atom Egoyan
Present - Social Responsibility Al Gore[3]
Future - Geosciences Ellen Mosley-Thompson & Lonnie Thompson, Geoffrey Eglinton
2009 Past - Astrophysics - History of the Universe Paolo de Bernardis, Andrew E. Lange, Paul Richards[4]
Present - Leadership Tony Blair[4]
Future - Global Public Health Robert Gallo[4]
2010 Past - March Towards Democracy Giorgio Napolitano
Present - Literature: Rendition of the 20th Century Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh
Future - Computers and Telecommunications Leonard Kleinrock, Gordon E. Moore, Michael O. Rabin
2011 Past - Evolution Marcus Feldman
Present - Cinema and Society Coen Brothers[5]
Future - Ageing -Facing the Challenge Cynthia Kenyon, Gary Ruvkun
2012 Past - History/Biography Robert Conquest, Sir Martin Gilbert
Present - Plastic Arts William Kentridge
Future - Genome Research David Botstein, Eric Lander, J. Craig Venter
2013 Past - Classics, the Modern Legacy of the Ancient World Sir Geoffrey Lloyd
Present - Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers Michel Serres, Leon Wieseltier
Future - Preventive Medicine Esther Duflo, Alfred Sommer
2014 Past - History and Memory Krzysztof Czyzewski, Pierre Nora, Saul Friedlander
Present - Combating Memory Loss John A. Hardy, Peter St. George-Hyslop, Brenda Milner
Future - Artificial Intelligence, The Digital Mind Marvin Minsky
2015 Past - Retrieving the Past: Historians and their Sources Peter Brown, Alessandro Portelli
Present - The Information Revolution Jimmy Wales
Future - Bioinformatics Cyrus Chothia, David Haussler, Michael Waterman


  1. ^ The Dan David Prize
  2. ^ "The true worth of Dan David - Haaretz - Israel News". Haaretz. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  3. ^ Al Gore - Present 2008 Laureate - Dan David Prize, TAU[dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Laureates 2009". Dan David Prize. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  5. ^ "Coen brothers win $1m Dan David Prize". BBC News. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. The pair were given the Dan David Prize - awarded to people who have made 'an outstanding contribution to humanity' - at Tel Aviv University in Israel. 

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