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Jamaica Kincaid among winners of Israeli foundation prize

Antiguan-American author honored with Tel Aviv University’s Dan David award for being an ‘important and influential writer’

Screen capture of author Jamaica Kincaid who in was named as a winner of the Dan David Prize in February 2017. (screen capture: Chicago Humanities Festival/YouTube)
Screen capture of author Jamaica Kincaid who in was named as a winner of the Dan David Prize in February 2017. (screen capture: Chicago Humanities Festival/YouTube)

Author Jamaica Kincaid is among this year’s winners of the prestigious Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

The prize is administered by Tel Aviv University. On Tuesday it named the 2017 winners.

The Dan David Foundation awards $3 million in prizes annually to recipients grouped in three categories: past, present and future.

Kincaid is being honored as “as one of the most important and influential writers today.”

Others honored this year are Swedish biologist Svante Paabo, American geneticist David Reich, Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua, American astrophysicists Neil Gehrels and Shrinivas Kulkarni and Polish astronomer and astrophysicist Andrzej Udalski.

An award ceremony is set for May.

Previous recipients include filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, former US Vice President Al Gore and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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