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Historians, scientists win Israeli prize

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — American intellectual Leon Wieseltier, French philosopher Michel Serres and British historian Sir Geoffrey Lloyd are among the winners of this year’s prestigious Dan David Prize.

The Dan David Foundation grants the $1 million prizes in three categories — past, present and future — for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

The prize, named after the late philanthropist Dan David, is administered from Tel Aviv University.

The foundation announced the 2013 winners Wednesday.

Other winners are the economist Esther Duflo and Alfred Sommer, a prominent American ophthalmologist and epidemiologist.

Previous recipients include filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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He’s a winner! Michel Serres gets the Dan David Prize

Michel SerresHere’s the latest evidence: He’s one of the five winners of this year’s Dan David Prize, which was announced last week by the Dan David Foundation and Tel Aviv University. The other winners include Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic, and Esther Duflo, a French economist who studies poverty in the Third World and has been active in the fight against malaria, and epidemiologist Alfred Sommer, and Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, a Cambridge historian of the philosophy of ancient Greece.

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Michel Serres Wins 2013 Dan David Prize

Michel Serres"Prof. Michel Serres has been professor of philosophy at Clermont-Ferrand, Vincennes, Paris since 1969, has been a full professor of the history of science at Stanford University since 1984, and was elected to the French Academy in 1990. Through his explorations of the parallel developments of scientific, philosophical, and literary trends, Michel Serres has built a reputation as one of modern France's most gifted and original thinkers.

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Al Sommer named Dan David Laureate

Alfred SommerAlfred Sommer, dean emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named a Dan David Laureate for his groundbreaking research into vitamin A. Sommer's studies determined that vitamin A supplementation could save millions of children's eyesight and lives, and is considered among the most cost-effective health interventions in the world.

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Alfred Sommer Named Dan David Laureate

Alfred SommerAlfred Sommer, MD, MHS, University Distinguished Service Professor of Ophthalmology, in the School of Medicine, and Epidemiology and International Health and dean emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named a Dan David Laureate for his groundbreaking research into vitamin A. Sommer’s studies determined that vitamin A supplementation could save millions of children's eyesight and lives, and is considered among the most cost-effective health interventions in the world.

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Honorary Fellow Sir Geoffrey Lloyd wins $1 million prize

Sir Geoffrey LloydProfessor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd has just won a Dan David Prize for his contribution to our understanding of the modern legacy of the ancient world. The award comes with $1 million prize money.

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