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Laureates Announced 2011


Dan David Prize 10th Anniversary 
2011 Laureates Announced

Marcus Feldman - for Evolution
The Coen Brothers – for Cinema
Cynthia Kenyon and Gary Ruvkun – for Ageing

President of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano,
to receive 2010 prize

Tel Aviv (February 22, 2011) —The international Dan David Prize, which annually
awards three prizes of US$1 million each for outstanding achievement, announced
the names of its 2011 laureates today.
The Dan David Prize, named after international businessman and philanthropist
Dan David, is headquartered at Tel Aviv University. The laureates, who donate 10%
of their prize money towards 20 doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships, will be
honoured at a ceremony on May 15, 2011 at Tel Aviv University in the presence of
the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, and the President of the
Republic of Italy, Mr. Giorgio Napolitano.

The 2011 Dan David Prize laureates, in the Past, Present and Future Time
Dimensions, are:

Past – “Evolution”

Prof. Marcus Feldman (Stanford University)
Marcus Feldman has produced conceptual results of broad interest in the domain of
animal and plant evolution. His work has led to highly focused insights of cultural
significance in different civilizations. His work not only explores basic scientific
topics, but investigates the societal consequences of the conclusions he draws in
terms of models of evolution.


Present - “Cinema and Society”

The Coen Brothers (USA)
Joel and Ethan Coen make a creative partnership unique in the history of filmmaking.
Their control over final cut of their films, their grasp of film genres, black comedy,
and their capacity to bring narrative complexity to apparently simple plots have
become hallmarks of their films. Their impressive list of films include Blood Simple,
The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and Barton Fink.


Future – “Ageing – Facing the Challenge”


Prof. Cynthia Kenyon (University of California, SF) and
Prof. Gary Ruvkun (Harvard Medical School)
Cynthia Kenyon is a visionary whose work has established that ageing is genetically
regulated. Gary Ruvkun discovered that a hormone similar to human insulin is key in
longevity. From Kenyon’s and Ruvkun’s pioneering work, there is good reason to
think that life-span could be extended in man, and that the onset of diseases of oldage could be delayed genetically or with drugs.