The Dan David Prize is an international prize which annually awards three prizes of US$ 1 million each for outstanding scientific, technological, cultural, and social achievements having an impact on our world. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions - Past, Present and Future.
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology - GERMANY
Prof. Svante Pääbo is the Director of the Department of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany. Prof. Pääbo is the world’s leading pioneer in sequencing ancient DNA and is the first to extract DNA from Neanderthal fossil bones. He laid the foundations of the field of genomic archaeology.
Prof. David Reich, from the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, USA, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is the world’s leading pioneer in analyzing ancient human DNA. He is recognized for his computational discovery of intermixing between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens (modern human), which was a step-change in human evolution studies.
Jamaica Kincaid is celebrated worldwide as one of the most important and influential writers today, admired for her stylistic gifts no less than for her subject matter. Her writing is a way of empowerment over the limitations of race and gender, infused with tantalizing irony, anger and frustration, delving into the depths of emotion without being sentimental. She casts the plight of her characters into beautiful evocative prose by creating a masterfully crafted world.
A.B. Yehoshua is one of Israel’s leading fiction writers since his debut in the late 1950s. One remarkable aspect of his literary enterprise is his sustained willingness to experiment with different literary modes, including surrealistic stories, novella, psychological realism and historical novels, addressing underlying problems of the Israeli condition and their historical antecedents in compelling and innovative ways.
Prof. Neil Gehrels was the Director of the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, USA and a leading figure for several decades in the field of gamma ray astronomy.
Shrinivas Kulkarni, Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science at California Institute of Technology, USA, is the Director of Caltech Optical Observatories and the Director of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute. He is a leading figure in time-domain astrophysics across the electromagnetic spectrum.
Astronomical Observatory Warsaw University - POLAND
Prof. Andrzej Udalski is the former Director of the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw and is the head and project manager of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment, a pioneer and a leader in the field of time-domain astronomy, exploring the variable sky in the Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies.
2017 Scholarship Applications Deadline:
March 10, 2017
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