Tony Blair and Robert Gallo Among 2009 Dan David Prize Winners

    Three $1 Million Awards to be Presented

    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 2009 laureates today.
    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 17, 2009 at
Tel Aviv University in the presence of the President of the State of Israel,
Mr. Shimon Peres.

    The 2009 Dan David Prize laureates, in the Past, Present and Future Time
    Dimensions, are:

    Past - sharing the prize in the field of "Astrophysics - History of the

    -   Paolo de Bernardis (University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy), Andrew
        Lange (Caltech, USA) and Paul Richards (UC Berkeley, USA) are awarded
        the 2009 Dan David Prize for their discoveries concerning the
        geometry and composition of our Universe with the BOOMERanG and
        MAXIMA experiments. The publication of their data in 2000 provided
        the first undisputed evidence that the Universe has a flat geometry.

    Present - in the field of "Leadership":

    -   Tony Blair (former Prime Minister of Great Britain) for his
        exceptional leadership and steadfast determination in helping to
        engineer agreements and forge lasting solutions to areas in conflict.

    Future -in the field of "Global Public Health":

    -   Robert C. Gallo (Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, USA) for his
        research of the HIV and T cell leukaemia viruses and especially for
        the development of a robust, simple blood test to detect the HIV
        virus, the importance of which for the epidemiology of this huge
        pandemic cannot be overestimated.

    Upon announcement of the laureates Dan David commented: "The 2009
laureates epitomise the essence of the three Time Dimensions; we have three
scientists who shed light on the way in which our universe was formed, a great
leader instrumental in resolving on-going world conflicts, and a scientist
working to alleviate human disease and suffering now and in the future ".

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