Former Vice President Al Gore, Playwright Tom Stoppard and Filmmaker Atom Egoyan Among $1 Million Dan David Prize Winners

    - Seven Winners Honoured for Achievements Focusing on the Past, Present
    and Future

    TEL-AVIV, Israel, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Dan David Prize annually awards
three prizes of US$1 million for achievements with an outstanding scientific,
technological, cultural or social impact on our world.

    The 2008 winners are:

    Past: Sharing the prize in the field of Creative Rendering of the Past -
Literature, Theater, Film:
    Author Amos Oz of Israel - Oz has written more than 25 books, which
portray historical events, emphasizing the individual and exploring conflicts
between nations.
    Playwright Tom Stoppard of the United Kingdom - Stoppard portrays the
search for meaning, while displaying dazzling theatricality and genius for
    Filmmaker Atom Egoyan of Canada - Egoyan explores the human impact of
historical events and the nature of truth and its representation through art.

    Present: In the field of Social Responsibility with Particular Emphasis
on the Environment:
    Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore
    Gore is working to enhance awareness of global warming and promote its

    Future: Sharing the prize in the field of Geoscience:
    Geoffrey Eglinton, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol,
United Kingdom - Eglinton studies organic chemical fossils and the mechanisms
by which their products yield essential resources for the future.
    Ellen Moseley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson of Ohio State University in
Columbus - As professors of geography and geological sciences, respectively,
they study ice cores to further understand the complex interactions within the
Earth's outer envelopes, such as glacier melting and the polar icecap retreat.
    "The constellation of laureates is particularly meaningful," said Mr. Dan
David, international businessman and philanthropist who founded the Prize. "On
the one hand, great creators depicting historical events in literature,
theater and film; on the other, eminent scientists whose research predicts
environmental disaster if we do not act; and in between, a man promoting
awareness of this prediction and its remedies so that human history will
continue to be told for generations to come".

    The awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 19, 2008 at Tel Aviv
University, where the Prize was founded in 2001 and is headquartered.
    Dan David Prize web site

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