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Recipients of 2013 Dan David Prize announced
Date:2/20/2013

American intellectual and literary editor of The New Republic Leon Wieseltier, University of Cambridge historian Prof. Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, and preventative medicine specialists Prof. Cynthia Kenyon and Prof. Gary Ruvkun are among the winners of the 2013 Dan David Prize, which annually awards three prizes of $1 million each. The prizes are granted for "proven, exceptional and distinct excellence in the sciences, arts and humanities that have made an outstanding contribution to humanity."

The laureates, who donate 10% of their prize money towards 20 doctoral and postdoctoral Tel Aviv University scholarships, will be honored at a ceremony at the university on June 9, 2013 during the University's International Board of Governors Meeting from June 6-10.

The Dan David Prize is named for the late international businessman and philanthropist Dan David. Its international headquarters are located at Tel Aviv University. Each year the International Board chooses one field within the three time dimensions of Past (highlighting fields that expand knowledge of former times), Present (recognizing achievements that shape and enrich contemporary society) and Future (focusing on breakthroughs that hold great promise for the improvement of our world). Following a review process by independent Review Committees comprised of renowned scholars and professionals, the International Board then chooses the laureates for each field.

The 2013 Dan David Prize laureates are:

Past In the field of "Classics, the Modern Legacy of the Ancient World": Prof. Sir Geoffrey Lloyd of the Needham Research Institute and the University of Cambridge, for his work on the subject of Greek science as a major field in the history of classical philosophy, illuminating the roots of modern science.

Present Sharing the prize in the field of "Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers": Prof. Michel Serres of Stanford University and Universit d
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Contact: George Hunka
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