Poverty activists, nanotech pioneers picked for $1 million prize

Poverty activists, nanotech pioneers picked for $1 million prize

9 people, including historians, chosen as winners of annual Dan David Awards given at Tel Aviv University

Paul Alivisatos (Courtesy)
Paul Alivisatos (Courtesy)

Nine people have been selected as winners of the Dan David Prize, three $1 million awards given annually at Tel Aviv University.

The prizes are given by the Dan David Prize Foundation in the categories of past, present and future. This year, each prize will be shared by three people, according to a news release issued Thursday.

The past category focuses on social history this year. It will go to Inga Clendinnen, whose work has focused on the Holocaust and on oppression of the Maya; Catherine Hall, who focuses on gender history, race and slavery; and Arlette Farge, who focuses on women’s history, urban history and the history of crime.

The present category honors activists combating poverty. It will go to Sir Anthony B. Atkinson, François Bourguignon and James J. Heckman, all scholars of poverty and economic policy.

The future category will focus on nanotechnology and honor three pioneers in the field: Paul Alivisatos, Chad Mirkin and Sir John Pendry.

Under the terms of the prize, laureates donate 10 percent of their prize money toward 20 doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships in their fields.

Past Dan David Prizes have gone to filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, composer Zubin Mehta, former US vice president Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The prize will be awarded on May 22. It is named for international businessman and philanthropist Dan David.

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