2010 Dan David Prize Winners Announced: Giorgio Napolitano, President of the
Republic of Italy; Amitav Ghosh, Margaret Atwood, Michael Rabin, Leonard
Kleinrock, Gordon Moore

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - The international Dan David Prize, which annually awards three prizes of US$1 million each for outstanding achievement, announced the names of its 2010 laureates today.

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The Dan David Prize is named after international businessman and philanthropist Dan David and is headquartered at Tel Aviv University. The laureates, who donate 10% of their prize money towards 20 doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships, will be honoured at a ceremony on May 9, 2010 at Tel Aviv University in the presence of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres.

The 2010 Dan David Prize laureates, in the Past, Present and Future Time Dimensions, are:

    Past - in the field of "March Towards Democracy"

    -   Mr. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy, for his
        dedication to the cause of Parliamentary democracy, thereby
        contributing to a strengthening of democratic values and institutions
        in Italy and Europe; and for his courage and intellectual integrity
        which have been crucial in healing the wounds of the Cold War in
        Europe, as well as the scars left in Italy in the wake of fascism.

    Present - in the field of "Literature - Rendition of the 20th Century"

    -   Mr. Amitav Ghosh (India/NY, USA) for his novels which offer a
        panoramic treatment of twentieth-century history from a postcolonial
        perspective and a transnational understanding of the self seen as the
        intersection of the many identities produced by the collision of
        languages and cultures.
    -   Ms. Margaret Atwood (Toronto, Canada) for being a versatile and
        prolific writer who in her novels has explored both Canadian and
        transnational issues of the twentieth-century, such as colonization,
        feminism, structures of political power and oppression, and the
        violation and exploitation of nature.

    Future - in the field of "Computers and Telecommunications"

    -   Prof. Michael Rabin (Harvard University, USA/Hebrew University,
        Israel) for his major research results, which have had a significant
        impact on the shape of Computer and Communication Technology today
        and in the years to come, and in particular for his work on ways to
        improve privacy and create unbreakable ways to encrypt data, making
        secrecy, privacy and protection ever more crucial to society.
    -   Prof. Leonard Kleinrock (University of California, LA, USA) for his
        seminal research contributions in communication networks,
        establishing the fundamental principles upon which many of the most
        important aspects of information communications and the Internet are
    -   Dr. Gordon Moore, (Woodside, CA, USA) for his remarkable intuition
        leading him to proclaim "Moore's Law", which has become the guiding
        principle for the semiconductor industry to deliver ever-more-
        powerful chips while decreasing the cost of electronics, and for his
        co-founding of the outstanding microprocessor pioneer, Intel.

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