The Dan David Foundation announced its five winners for the 2013 Dan David Prize
this week: historian Prof. Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, philosopher Prof. Michel
Serres, writer and editor Leon Wieseltier, economist Prof. Esther Duflo and
epidemiologist Prof. Alfred Sommer.
The Dan David Prize is an
international award divided into three prizes worth $1 million each for
scientific, technological, cultural or social achievements, which have strong
impact on society.
Each year, fields are chosen within the categories of
past, present and future.
This year’s prizes will be awarded at a
ceremony at Tel Aviv University in June.
Lloyd, 80, who won the award in
the “past” category, is a facility member at Cambridge University whose research
focuses on the history of ancient Greek philosophy.
Lloyd’s research has
provided insights on the sociology, anthropology and general history of ancient
Recently, he has also engaged in comparative research of Chinese
and Greek science.
In the “present” category, French philosopher Serres,
82, and The New Republic’s Wieseltier, 60, will share the
Throughout his career, Serres, who currently teaches at Stanford
University, has researched man’s relationship with nature through history, math,
epistemology and moral philosophy. He studied literary texts, philosophical and
scientific competence and stood out for his original conclusions that have
distinguished him from pertaining to a particular school of
Wieseltier is an American Jew who has worked at The New Republic
He has written a number of influential books on issues such
as nuclear war, social and moral philosophy, as well as the death of Jewish
tradition and the relationship between Israel and the United States.
the “future” category, the award will be shared by French economist Duflo, 40,
who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is known for her
work on the issue of poverty in the Third World; and epidemiologist Sommer, 70,
who teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and has brought to light
the benefits of Vitamin A for the prevention of childhood blindness in
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