TEL AVIV, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Dan David Prize award ceremony took place yesterday at Tel Aviv University, in the
presence of Prof. Joseph Klafter, President of Tel Aviv University and
Chairman of the Dan David Prize Board, Prof. Ruth Arnon, President of
the Israel Academy of Sciences, members of the David family, the 2013
Dan David Prize laureates, foreign ambassadors, and prominent academic
and business figures from Israel and abroad.
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Awards were presented in the fields of:
Classics, the Modern Legacy of the Ancient World to
Prof. Sir Geoffrey Lloyd (UK) for his work on the subject of Greek science as a major field in
the history of classical philosophy and for having illuminated the
roots of modern science.
Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers to
Prof. Michel Serres (France) for his intimate knowledge of the western tradition in
philosophy and science and for his discussion of a vast range of
Mr. Leon Wieseltier (US) for his confrontation and engagement with the central issues of
our times, setting the standard for serious cultural discussion.
Preventive Medicine to
Prof. Esther Duflo (France) for her work on social conditions and strategies related to
the alleviation of poverty, which deal directly with prevention of
Prof. Alfred Sommer (US) for his unexpected and striking discovery and demonstration that
vitamin A supplementation has the power to save children's lives.
The ceremony included artistic performances by the Bat Sheva Dance
Company, and the Ruth Kanner Theatre Group.
The laureates donate 10 percent of their prize money towards 20
scholarships for outstanding doctoral and post-doctoral students from
all over the world.
Attendant events within the framework of the Prize:
Scholarship/Name Your Hero Youth Essay Competition Award Ceremony
'Nature vs. Culture: Modern Debates in the Light of Classical Thought' Roundtable with Prof. Sir Geoffrey Lloyd
'The Treason and Opium of the Intellectuals Revisited: Current
Perspectives on Intellectuals and Power" Roundtable with Prof. Michel Serres and Mr. Leon Wieseltier
'Preventive Medicine - Challenges for the 21st Century' A symposium with Prof. Esther Duflo and Prof. Alfred Sommer
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The Dan David Prize has been awarded since 2002 to individuals or
institutions with proven, exceptional excellence in the sciences, arts,
and humanities within each time dimension: past, present, and future.
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