The Dan David Prize is a major international award that recognizes and supports outstanding contributions to the study of history and other disciplines that shed light on the human past. It awards nine prizes of $300,000 each year to outstanding early- and mid-career scholars and practitioners in the historical disciplines. The Prize has an annual purse of $3 million, making it the largest history award in the world, with the remaining $300,000 funding an international postdoctoral fellowship program at Tel Aviv University, where the Prize is headquartered. The Prize is endowed by the Dan David Foundation.
|Dan David Prize|
|Awarded for||Outstanding work in the study of the human past.|
|Presented by||The Dan David Foundation|
Until 2021 the Prize awarded 3 annual prizes of $1 million for innovative and interdisciplinary research in three time dimensions: Past, Present and Future. Prize laureates donated 10 percent of their prize money to doctoral scholarships for outstanding Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholarships in their own field from around the world.
In September 2021, the Dan David Prize announced that it would shift its focus to support the work of historians, art historians, archaeologists, digital humanists, curators, documentary filmmakers and all those who deepen our knowledge and understanding of the past.
Laureates include cellist Yo-Yo Ma (2006), Israeli author Amos Oz (2008), U.S. Vice President Al Gore (2008), Canadian author Margaret Atwood (2010), French economist Esther Duflo, and immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci (2021).
The Dan David Prize was founded with the goal of rewarding and encouraging innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms.
Each year, three prizes of $1 million were awarded in rotating fields to those who made outstanding contributions to humanity.
In anticipation of the Prize’s 20th anniversary in 2021, the Dan David Prize set out in a new direction, citing the decline of global investment in the humanities and the relative scarcity of major prizes in the humanities. The redesigned prize focuses on supporting outstanding research in the historical disciplines and celebrating scholars and practitioners whose work illuminates the human past and enriches public debate with a deeper understanding of history.
The Prize announced that starting in 2022 it would award up to nine prizes of $300,000 each year to early- and mid-career scholars and practitioners around the world to recognize significant achievements in the study of the past and support the winners’ future endeavours. From 2022, there will no longer be a distinction between three prize categories.
From 2022 recipients of the Prize were called winners rather than laureates. The first cohort of Prize winners was announced on March 1st, 2022.
|2022||Mirjam Brusius||Visual and material culture in global and colonial contexts|
|Bartow Elmore||Environmental history of global capitalism|
|Tyrone McKinley Freeman||History of African-American philanthropy|
|Verena Krebs||Medieval Ethiopia and cross-cultural encounters|
|Efthymia Nikita||Bioarchaeology of the Mediterranean|
|Nana Oforiatta Ayim||Curator, writer, artist and art historian centering African heritage|
|Kristina Richardson||Medieval Islamic world and the Roma|
|Natalia Romik||Architect and public historian who works to preserve the memory of Jewish life in Eastern Europe|
|Kimberly Welch||Legal history of the antebellum South|
|2002||Past – History||Warburg Library|
|Present – Technology, Information and Society||Daniel Hillis|
|Future – Life sciences||Sydney Brenner, John Sulston, Robert Waterston|
|2003||Past – Paleoanthropology||Michel Brunet|
|Present – Print & electronic media||James Nachtwey, Frederick Wiseman|
|Future – cosmology & astronomy||John Bahcall|
|2004||Past – Cities: Historical legacy||Rome, Istanbul, Jerusalem|
|Present – Leadership: Changing our World||Klaus Schwab|
|Future – Brain sciences||Robert Wurtz, Amiram Grinvald, William Newsome|
|2005||Past- Archaeology||Graeme Barker, Israel Finkelstein|
|Present – The Performing Arts: Film, Theater, Dance, Music||Peter Brook|
|Future – Materials science||Robert Langer, George Whitesides, C.N.R. Rao|
|2006||Past – Music||Yo-Yo Ma|
|Present – Journalism||Magdi Allam, Monica Gonzalez, Adam Michnik, Goenawan Mohamad|
|Future – Treatment of cancer||John Mendelsohn, Joseph Schlessinger|
|2007||Past – Historians||Jacques Le Goff|
|Present – Contemporary Music||Pascal Dusapin, Zubin Mehta|
|Future – Quest for Energy||James E. Hansen, Jerry Olson, Sarah Kurtz|
|2008||Past – Creative Rendering of the Past||Amos Oz, Tom Stoppard, Atom Egoyan|
|Present – Social Responsibility||Al Gore|
|Future – Geosciences||Ellen Mosley-Thompson & Lonnie Thompson, Geoffrey Eglinton|
|2009||Past – Astrophysics – History of the Universe||Paolo de Bernardis, Andrew E. Lange, Paul Richards|
|Present – Leadership||Tony Blair|
|Future – Global Public Health||Robert Gallo|
|2010||Past – March Towards Democracy||Giorgio Napolitano|
|Present – Literature: Rendition of the 20th Century||Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh|
|Future – Computers and Telecommunications||Leonard Kleinrock, Gordon E. Moore, Michael O. Rabin|
|2011||Past – Evolution||Marcus Feldman|
|Present – Cinema and Society||Coen Brothers|
|Future – Ageing: Facing the Challenge||Cynthia Kenyon, Gary Ruvkun|
|2012||Past – History/Biography||Robert Conquest, Sir Martin Gilbert|
|Present – Plastic Arts||William Kentridge|
|Future – Genome Research||David Botstein, Eric Lander, J. Craig Venter|
|2013||Past – Classics, the Modern Legacy of the Ancient World||Sir Geoffrey Lloyd|
|Present – Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers||Michel Serres, Leon Wieseltier|
|Future – Preventive Medicine||Esther Duflo, Alfred Sommer|
|2014||Past – History and Memory||Krzysztof Czyzewski, Pierre Nora, Saul Friedlander|
|Present – Combating Memory Loss||John A. Hardy, Peter St. George-Hyslop, Brenda Milner|
|Future – Artificial Intelligence, The Digital Mind||Marvin Minsky|
|2015||Past – Retrieving the Past: Historians and their Sources||Peter Brown, Alessandro Portelli|
|Present – The Information Revolution||Jimmy Wales|
|Future – Bioinformatics||Cyrus Chothia, David Haussler, Michael Waterman|
|2016||Past – Social History – New Directions||Inga Clendinnen, Arlette Farge|
|Present – Combatting Poverty||Anthony B. Atkinson, Francois Bourguignon, James J. Heckman|
|Future – Nanoscience||Paul Alivisatos, Chad Mirkin, John Pendry|
|2017||Past – Archeology and Natural Sciences||Svante Pääbo, David Reich|
|Present – Literature||Jamaica Kincaid, A. B. Yehoshua|
|Future – Astronomy||Neil Gehrels, Shrinivas Kulkarni, Andrzej Udalski|
|2018||Past – History of Science||Lorraine Daston, Evelyn Fox Keller, Simon Schaffer|
|Present – Bioethics||Ezekiel Emanuel, Jonathan Glover, Mary Warnock|
|Future – Personalized Medicine||Carlo M. Croce, Mary-Claire King, Bert Vogelstein|
|2019||Past – Macro History||Kenneth Pomeranz, Sanjay Subrahmanyam|
|Present – Defending Democracy||Michael Ignatieff, Reporters Without Borders|
|Future – Combatting Climate Change||Christiana Figueres|
|2020||Past – Cultural Preservation and Revival||Lonnie G. Bunch III, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett|
|Present – Gender Equality||Gita Sen, Debora Diniz|
|Future – Artificial Intelligence||Demis Hassabis, Amnon Shashua|
|2021||Past – History of Health and Medicine||Alison Bashford, Katharine Park, Keith Wailoo|
|Present – Public Health||Anthony Fauci|
|Future – Molecular Medicine||Zelig Eshhar, Carl June, Steven Rosenberg|
The pair were given the Dan David Prize – awarded to people who have made 'an outstanding contribution to humanity' – at Tel Aviv University in Israel.