2020 Dan David Prize Selected Fields

Past - Cultural Preservation and Revival
Present - Gender Equality
Future - Artificial Intelligence

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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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 »