Dan David Prize

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The Dan David Prize is a $ 1 million award that the Dan David Foundation and Tel Aviv University award annually to three recipients for outstanding contributions in the fields of science , technology , culture or social affairs . There are three price categories: past, present and future. The winners in turn donate ten percent of their prize money to outstanding doctoral students and researchers in their own field.


The founder Dan David (1929–2011) joined a Zionist youth movement in Romania at the age of 16 . He studied economics, then switched to photography, worked for Romanian television and then for a newspaper that fired him when they heard about his Zionist past. David first emigrated to Paris and in 1960 to Israel. With $ 200,000 borrowed from a cousin, David acquired franchise rights for photo booths in Europe in 1961 . After branches in Israel, Spain, Romania and Italy, he finally took over the entire company.

In 2000, David established the Dan David Foundation with $ 100 million in capital. Founding director was Professor Gad Barzilai ; Today, Itamar Rabinovich , former President of Tel Aviv University, heads the foundation. The first award ceremony took place in May 2001 at Tel Aviv University; 2007 at the Paris Opera .

In 2016, Catherine Hall of University College London turned down the Dan David Prize. She said: "It is an independent political decision that I made after numerous discussions with people who have a lot to do with politics in Israel and Palestine." The British Committee for Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) described her approach as "important support to the campaign to break ties with Israeli institutions".

Award winners

year theme Award winners
2002 Past - History Warburg Library
Present - technology, information and society W. Daniel Hillis
Future - Life Sciences Sydney Brenner , John E. Sulston , Robert Waterston
2003 Past - paleoanthropology Michel Brunet
Present - print and electronic media James Nachtwey , Frederick Wiseman
Future - Cosmology and Astronomy John N. Bahcall
2004 Past - cities: historical heritage Rome , Istanbul , Jerusalem
Present - leadership: changing our world Klaus Schwab
Future - neurology Robert H. Wurtz , Amiram Grinvald , William Newsome
2005 Past - archeology Graeme Barker , Israel Finkelstein
Present - performing arts : film, theater, dance, music Peter Brook
Future - materials science Robert Langer , George Whitesides , CNR Rao
2006 Past - music Yo-Yo Ma
Present - journalism Magdi Allam , Monica Gonzalez , Adam Michnik , Goenawan Mohamad
Future - cancer John Mendelsohn , Joseph Schlessinger
2007 Past - historian Jacques Le Goff
Present - contemporary music Pascal Dusapin , Zubin Mehta
Future - energy supply James E. Hansen , Jerry Olson , Sarah Kurtz
2008 Past - creative representation of the past Amos Oz , Tom Stoppard , Atom Egoyan
Present - responsibility for the common good Al Gore
Future - Earth Science Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson , Geoffrey Eglinton
2009 Past - Astrophysics - History of the Universe Paolo de Bernardis , Andrew E. Lange , Paul Richards
Present - leadership quality Tony Blair
Future - Global Public Health Robert Charles Gallo
2010 Past - March to Democracy Giorgio Napolitano
Present - Literature: Reproduction of the 20th century Margaret Atwood , Amitav Ghosh
Future - computers and telecommunications Leonard Kleinrock , Gordon Moore , Michael O. Rabin
2011 Past - evolution Marcus Feldman
Present - cinema and society Ethan and Joel Coen
Future - aging , facing the challenge Cynthia Kenyon , Gary Ruvkun
2012 Past - history / biography Robert Conquest , Martin Gilbert
Present - plastic (art) William Kentridge
Future - genome research David Botstein , Eric Lander , J. Craig Venter
2013 Past - classical philosophy Geoffrey Lloyd
Present - contemporary philosophy Michel Serres , Leon Wieseltier
Future - preventive medicine Alfred Sommer , Esther Duflo
2014 Past - history Krzysztof Czyzewski , Pierre Nora , Saul Friedlander
Present - dementia John A. Hardy , Peter St. George-Hyslop , Brenda Milner
Future - artificial intelligence Marvin Minsky
2015 Past - Historians and Their Sources Peter R. Brown , Alessandro Portelli
Present - information revolution Jimmy Wales
Future - bioinformatics Michael Waterman , David Haussler , Cyrus Chothia
2016 Past - social history Inga Clendinnen , Catherine Hall (price declined), Arlette Farge
Present - Poverty Reduction Anthony Atkinson , François Bourguignon , James Heckman
Future - Nanosciences Paul Alivisatos , Chad Mirkin , John Pendry
2017 Past - archeology and science Svante Pääbo , David Reich
Present - literature Jamaica Kincaid , Abraham B. Jehoshua
Future - astronomy Neil Gehrels , Shrinivas Kulkarni , Andrzej Udalski
2018 Past - history of science Lorraine Daston , Evelyn Fox Keller , Simon Schaffer
Present - bioethics Ezekiel Emanuel , Jonathan Glover , Mary Warnock
Future - Personalized Medicine Carlo M. Croce , Mary-Claire King , Bert Vogelstein
2019 Past - macro history Kenneth Pomeranz , Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Present - Defense of Democracy Michael Ignatieff , Reporters Without Borders
Future - fight against climate change Christiana Figueres
2020 The past - preservation of culture and revival Lonnie G. Bunch III , Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Present - gender equality Gita Sen , Debora Diniz
Future - Artificial Intelligence Demis Hassabis , Amnon Shashua


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    UK historian declines Israeli prize, citing conflict with Palestinians , Times of Israel , May 22;
    Haggai Matar: Famed feminist British historian refuses prestigious Israeli award , +972 Magazine , May 22;
    BDS Victory: Feminist Historian Refuses $ 300,000 Israeli Prize , TeleSUR , May 22, 2016.