The 2019 Dan David Prize Laureates

Past Time Dimension Macro History
Present Time Dimension Defending Democracy
Future Time Dimension Combatting Climate Change

The Dan David Prize mourns the passing of its 2013 laureate Prof. Michel Serres (1930 – 2019). One of modern France's most gifted thinkers, Serres analyzed scientific, philosophical and fictional texts, deftly reaching original and compelling conclusions. 

Events 2019

Symposia 2019



2002 - Past - History

The Warburg Library, London

For facilitating the study of western civilization and its convergence with the ancient and... Read more »

2003 - Past - Paleoanthropology

Michel Brunet

Directeur UMR CNRS 6046 Laboratoire de Geobiologie, Biochronologie et Paleontologie Humaine... Read more »

2004 - Past - Cities: Historical Legacy


Jerusalem has made one of the most important contributions to humanity for being the holy place... Read more »

2004 - Past - Cities: Historical Legacy


Istanbul has made one of the most important contributions to humanity, for it embodies the... Read more »

2004 - Past - Cities: Historical Legacy


Rome has made one of the most important contributions to humanity for its jurisprudence, its... Read more »

2005 - Past - Archaeology

Israel Finkelstein

Prof. Israel Finkelstein holds the Jacob M. Alkow Chair in the Archaeology of Israel in the... Read more »

2005 - Past - Archaeology

Graeme Barker

Professor of Archaeology and Director, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research University... Read more »

2006 - Past - Preserving Cultural Heritage

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma is a world-renowned cellist whose inspirations go well beyond the concert hall. In... Read more »

2007 - Past - Historians - Authors of Major Works of History

Jacques Le Goff (January 1924 – April 2014)

Jacques Le Goff has been recognized as one of the leading historians of the European Middle Ages... Read more »

2008 - Past - Creative Rendering of the Past: Literature, Theater, Film

Sir Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard established himself as one of the few undisputed masters of the modern stage in... Read more »

2008 - Past - Creative Rendering of the Past: Literature, Theater, Film

Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan, an Officer of the Order of Canada, is a critically acclaimed and prize winning... Read more »

2008 - Past - Creative Rendering of the Past: Literature, Theater, Film

Amos Oz (May 1939 - December 2018)

Amos Oz, one of the most widely read Israeli writers in the world, published numerous novels,... Read more »

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2009 - Past Astrophysics-History of the Universe

Paolo de Bernardis

Paolo de Bernardis is Professor of Physics at the University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy. His... Read more »

2009 - Past Astrophysics-History of the Universe

Andrew E. Lange (July 1957 – January 2010)

Andrew E. Lange, Goldberger Professor of Physics at California Institute of Technology,... Read more »

2009 - Past Astrophysics-History of the Universe

Paul Richards

Paul Richards is Professor of the Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley. Prof.... Read more »

2010 - Past - March Towards Democracy

Giorgio Napolitano

Giorgio Napolitano is the President of the Republic of Italy and is known for his dedication to... Read more »

2011 - Past - Evolution

Marcus Feldman

Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA Prof. Feldman has... Read more »

Robert Conquest
2012 - Past - History/Biography

Robert Conquest (July 1917 - August 2015)

Dr. Robert Conquest, British historian and renowned writer and researcher on the Soviet Union;... Read more »

Rt. Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert
2012 - Past - History/Biography

Martin Gilbert (October 1936 – February 2015)

The Rt. Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert, a leading historian of the modern world and the official... Read more »

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2013 - Past - Classics, The Modern Legacy of the Ancient World

Sir Geoffrey Lloyd

Sir Geoffrey Lloyd is currently Senior Scholar in Residence at the Needham Research Institute, a... Read more »

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2014 - Past - History & Memory

Krzysztof Czyzewski

Mr. Krysztof Czyzewski is a renowned Polish publisher, writer and theater director, public... Read more »

2014 - Past - History & Memory

Pierre Nora

Mr. Pierre Nora is public intellectual and publisher who helped establish the new... Read more »

2014 - Past - History & Memory

Saul Friedlander

Prof. Saul Friedlander holds UCLA's 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies. He is considered one... Read more »

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2015 - Past - Retrieving the Past: Historians and Their Sources

Peter R. Brown

Prof. Peter R. Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Professor Emeritus,... Read more »

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2015 - Past - Retrieving the Past: Historians and Their Sources

Alessandro Portelli

Prof. Alessandro Portelli is Professor Emeritus, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”. Prof.... Read more »

2016 - Past - Social History - New Directions

Inga Clendinnen (August 1934 – September 2016)

Prof. Inga Clendinnen was an outstanding historian who focused on social history and the history... Read more »

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2016 - Past - Social History - New Directions

Arlette Farge

Prof. Arlette Farge is a Professor at the Center for historical research, Paris. She has... Read more »

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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary AnthropologyGERMANY Prof. Svante Pääbo is the Director of... Read more »

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Harvard Medical SchoolUSA Prof. David Reich, from the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical... Read more »

Prof. Lorraine Daston
2018 - Past - History of Science

Prof. Lorraine Daston

Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlin, Germany Prof. Lorraine Daston is an... Read more »

Prof. Evelyn Fox Keller
2018 - Past - History of Science

Prof. Evelyn Fox Keller

Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, MA, USA Evelyn Fox Keller is Professor Emerita... Read more »

Prof. Simon Schaffer
2018 - Past - History of Science

Prof. Simon Schaffer

University of CambridgeCambridge, United Kingdom Simon J. Schaffer is a Professor of the History... Read more »


2002 - Present - Technology, Information and Society

Daniel Hillis

Dr. W. Daniel Hillis has been selected for the first Dan David Prize in the category of 'The... Read more »

2003 - Present - Print & Electronic Media

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman is widely acclaimed as the most important person ever to lift a camera for... Read more »

2003 - Present - Print & Electronic Media

James Nachtwey

James Nachtwey is no ordinary photojournalist. He has dedicated his life to documenting the... Read more »

2004 - Present - Leadership: Changing Our World

Klaus Schwab

The 2004 Dan David Prize for the Present Time Dimension in the field of Leadership: Changing Our... Read more »

2005 - Present - The Performing Arts: Film, Theater, Dance, Music

Peter Brook

Peter Brook, born in London, on March 21, 1925, is currently the Director of the International... Read more »

2006 - Present - Journalists of Print Media

Goenawan Mohamad

Goenawan Mohamad is one of the world's leading voices of moderate Islam. He has written... Read more »

2006 - Present - Journalists of Print Media

Adam Michnik

Adam Michnik, a Polish journalist and activist, has made enormous contributions to freedom of... Read more »

2006 - Present - Journalists of Print Media

Monica Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez, a Chilean journalist and author, has established a reputation as Chile's... Read more »

2006 - Present - Journalists of Print Media

Magdi Allam

Magdi Allam, born in Egypt and raised in Italy, is one of the leading journalists in Italy... Read more »

2007 - Present - Contemporary Music

Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta, is one of the world`s leading conductors. He is a vivid symbol of today`s... Read more »

2007 - Present - Contemporary Music

Pascal Dusapin

Pascal Dusapin (born in 1955) is an outstanding figure within the world of contemporary music,... Read more »

2008 - Present - Social Responsibility with Particular Emphasis on the Environment

Al Gore

Al Gore is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide... Read more »

2009 - Present Leadership

Tony Blair

Anthony Charles Lynton (Tony) Blair, former British Prime Minister, is one of the most... Read more »

2010 - Present - Literature: Rendition of the 20th Century

Margaret Atwood

One of Canada's most renowned writers, Margaret Atwood is a prolific writer who has produced... Read more »

2010 - Present - Literature: Rendition of the 20th Century

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is an lndian-Bengali novelist whose work offers a panoramic treatment of... Read more »

2011 - Present - Cinema and Society

The Coen Brothers

Minnesota born in the 1950's, Joel and Ethan Coen have worked closely as a creative pair who... Read more »

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2012 - Present - Plastic Arts

William Kentridge

William Kentridge is an internationally renowned artist whose work deals with poignant political... Read more »

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2013 - Present - Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers

Michel Serres (September 1930 – June 2019)

Prof. Michel Serres has been professor of philosophy at Clermont-Ferrand, Vincennes, Paris since... Read more »

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2013 - Present - Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers

Leon Wieseltier

Noted American intellectual and philosopher and Literary Editor of The New Republic, a foremost... Read more »

2014 - Present - Combatting Memory Loss

John A. Hardy

Prof. John A. Hardy is the Head of the Department of Molecular Neuroscience and Chair of... Read more »

2014 - Present - Combatting Memory Loss

Peter St. George-Hyslop

Prof. Peter St. George-Hyslop is the Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Department... Read more »

2014 - Present - Combatting Memory Loss

Brenda Milner

Brenda Milner is the Dorothy J. Killam Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and a... Read more »

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2015 - Present - The Information Revolution

Jimmy Wales

Mr. Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia and member of the Board of Trustees, Wikimedia... Read more »

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2016 - Present - Combatting Poverty

Sir Anthony B. Atkinson (September 1944 – January 2017)

Prof. Sir Anthony B. Atkinson Centennial Professor, London School of Economics and Honorary... Read more »

Francois Bourguignon
2016 - Present - Combatting Poverty

François Bourguignon

Prof. François Bourguignon, Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics. He is one of the... Read more »

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2016 - Present - Combatting Poverty

James J. Heckman

Prof. James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the... Read more »

Prof. Ezekiel Emanuel
2018 - Present - Bioethics

Prof. Ezekiel Emanuel

University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA, USA Read more »

Prof. Jonathan Glover
2018 - Present - Bioethics

Prof. Jonathan Glover

King's College LondonLondon, United Kingdom Read more »


2002 - Future - Life Sciences

Robert H. Waterston

Prof. Robert H. Waterston (born 1943 in Michigan, USA) obtained a bachelor's degree in... Read more »

2002 - Future - Life Sciences

Sydney Brenner (January 1927 – April 2019)

Prof. Sydney Brenner's sustained contributions during the course of a scientific career spanning... Read more »

2003 - Future - Cosmology & Astronomy

John Bahcall (December 1934 – August 2005)

Prof. John Bahcall made fundamental and lasting contributions to an astonishing number of... Read more »

2004 - Future - Brain Sciences

William T. Newsome III

Dr. William T. Newsome bridges the fields of neurophysiology and perceptual psychology. Through... Read more »

2004 - Future - Brain Sciences

Amiram Grinvald

Dr. Amiram Grinvald of the Weizmann Institute's Neurobiology Department is considered the world... Read more »

2004 - Future - Brain Sciences

Robert Wurtz

Dr. Robert Wurtz Dr. Robert H. Wurtz has made one of the most salient discoveries in cognitive... Read more »

2005 - Future - Materials Science

C.N.R. Rao

C.N.R. Rao is the Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced... Read more »

2005 - Future - Materials Science

George Whitesides

George Whitesides is Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers Professor at the Department of Chemistry and... Read more »

2005 - Future - Materials Science

Robert Langer

Robert Langer is the Kenneth L. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at... Read more »

2006 - Future - Cancer Therapy

John Mendelsohn (August 1936 - January 2019)

John Mendelsohn, MD, combines experience in clinical and laboratory research with administrative... Read more »

2006 - Future - Cancer Therapy

Joseph Schlessinger

Joseph Schlessinger, PhD, has been the William H. Prusoff Professor and Chairman of the... Read more »

2007 - Future - Quest for Energy

James Hansen

Dr. Hansen, affiliated with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, is one of... Read more »

2007 - Future - Quest for Energy

Sarah Kurtz & Jerry Olson

Over the past two decades Sarah R. Kurtz and Jerry M. Olson have made exceptional and profound... Read more »

2008 - Future - Geosciences

Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson

Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie Thompson, Professors at the Ohio State University, USA, are a... Read more »

2008 - Future - Geosciences

Geoffrey Eglinton (November 1927 – March 2016)

Geoffrey Eglinton was Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences at the... Read more »

2009 - Future Global Public Health

Robert C. Gallo

Robert C. Gallo, MD, is the Director, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School... Read more »

2010 - Future - Computers and Telecommunications

Leonard Kleinrock

Prof. Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of... Read more »

2010 - Future - Computers and Telecommunications

Gordon E. Moore

Dr. Gordon E. Moore is a visionary. His prediction in 1965, widely known as "Moore's Law",... Read more »

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2010 - Future - Computers and Telecommunications

Michael O. Rabin

Prof. Michael O. Rabin, Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University, Boston, and at the... Read more »

2011 - Future - Ageing-Facing the Challenge

Cynthia Kenyon

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco... Read more »

2011 - Future - Ageing-Facing the Challenge

Gary Ruvkun

Professor of Genetics, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard... Read more »

David Botstein
2012 - Future - Genome Research

David Botstein

Anthony B. Evnin Professor of Genomics; Director, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative... Read more »

Eric Lander
2012 - Future - Genome Research

Eric Lander

Founding Director, Broad Institute Harvard and MIT and director of its Genome Biology Program,... Read more »

J. Craig Venter
2012 - Future - Genome Research

J. Craig Venter

Founder, Chairman, and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, MD and La Jolla,... Read more »

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2013 - Future - Preventive Medicine

Esther Duflo

Renowned French economist, Esther Duflo, is Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development... Read more »

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2013 - Future - Preventive Medicine

Alfred Sommer

Alfred Sommer, Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg... Read more »

2014 - Future - Artificial Intelligence, The Digital Mind

Marvin Minsky (August 1927 – January 2016)

Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science... Read more »

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2015 - Future - Bioinformatics

Michael S. Waterman

Prof. Michael S. Waterman is Professor of Biological Sciences, of Mathematics, of Computer... Read more »

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2015 - Future - Bioinformatics

David Haussler

Prof. David Haussler is a Distinguished Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the University... Read more »

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2015 - Future - Bioinformatics

Cyrus Chothia

Dr. Cyrus Chothia is Emeritus group leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Structural... Read more »

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2016 - Future - Nanoscience

Paul Alivisatos

Prof. Paul Alivisatos is the University of California (UC) Berkeley's Samsung Distinguished... Read more »

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2016 - Future - Nanoscience

Chad A. Mirkin

Prof. Chad A. Mirkin is the George B. Rathmann Prof. of Chemistry, Prof. of Chemical and... Read more »

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2016 - Future - Nanoscience

Sir John Pendry

Prof. Sir John Pendry FRS, the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, is a condensed... Read more »

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Astronomical Observatory Warsaw UniversityPOLAND Read more »

Prof. Carlo Croce
2018 - Future - Personalized Medicine

Prof. Carlo Croce

Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH, USA Read more »

Prof. Mary Claire King
2018 - Future - Personalized Medicine

Prof. Mary-Claire King

University of WashingtonSeattle, WA, USA Read more »

Prof. Bert Vogelstein
2018 - Future - Personalized Medicine

Prof. Bert Vogelstein

Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimore, MD, USA Read more »