Dan David Prize

Dan David Prize
Dan David Prize
Awarded for outstanding contribution in the fields of science, technology, culture or social welfare
Presented by The Dan David Foundation
Country Israel
First awarded 2002
Official website http://www.dandavidprize.org

The Dan David Prize annually awards 3 prizes of $1 million each awarded by the Dan David Foundation and Tel Aviv University to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the fields of science, technology, culture or social welfare. There are three prize categories - past, present and future. Prize laureates donate 10 percent of their prize money to outstanding doctoral students and 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 international businessman and philanthropist Dan David.[2] The first awards ceremony took place at Tel Aviv University on May 2002. The First Founding Director of the Dan David Prize was Professor Gad Barzilai and the foundation is now chaired by Itamar Rabinovich, former president of Tel Aviv University. In 2007, the ceremony was held at Opéra de Paris. Supporters of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement have pressured prize recipients to forego the Israel-based awards, but no winners have done so as of 2011.


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


  1. ^ http://www.dandavidprize.org The Dan David Prize
  2. ^ "The true worth of Dan David - Haaretz - Israel News". Haaretz. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/923356.html. 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. http://www.dandavidprize.org/index.php/laureates/laureates-2009.html. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  5. ^ "Coen brothers win $1m Dan David Prize". BBC News. 16 May 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13408854. 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." 

External links

http://www.dandavidprize.org - Official Dan David Prize website, including complete list of all laureates by year.

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