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.
The 2019 Dan David Prize is awarded to Prof. Kenneth Pomeranz, considered one of the “architects of world history,” for his comprehensive work on the reciprocal influences of state, society and economy, on the relative advancement of societies over the world. In particular, for his most notable book, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy which analyzes the factors that contributed to the industrial growth beginning in the late 18 century in Northwest Europe compared to East Asia and the rest of the world.
The 2019 Dan David Prize is awarded to Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, for his exceptionally prolific work, focusing mainly on the encounters of Asians, Europeans and Americans, indigenous and colonial, in the early modern period (1400-1800). For his multidisciplinary studies, covering aspects of economic, political, cultural and intellectual history, as well as historiography and the history of representations. For his fundamental, highly influential contribution to the methodology of macro history.
The 2019 Dan David Prize is awarded to Prof. Michael Ignatieff, for his lasting advocacy of democracy over the world, as a reporter, as a champion of human rights and as one of the first to warn against the rise of ethnic nationalism and in particular for his leadership as the President and Rector of the Central European University in Budapest, standing in the front lines against the campaign to stifle academic freedom, free expression and pluralism in the country.
The 2019 Dan David Prize is awarded to Reporters Without Borders, an international organization, that has emerged over the years as the major international organization helping to sustain the freedom of the press across national boundaries. It monitors government policies regarding the press and other media, and provides material, financial and psychological support for journalists and newspapers, discriminated and persecuted by the authorities.
The 2019 Dan David Prize is awarded to Ms. Christiana Figueres for her singular leadership in chairing the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, culminating in the Paris Agreement in 2015, and for her outstanding efforts for its ratification in 2016. The exceptional merit of the Paris Agreement in the world’s efforts to combat climate changes, lies in its unprecedented broad international consensus.