DANNY HILLIS WINS $1,000,000 DAN DAVID PRIZE
The laureates of the 2002 Dan David Prize, given for the first time this year, are:
Past - History · For achievements in expanding knowledge of the Past: The Warburg Institute Library, London for facilitating the study of western civilization and its convergence with the ancient and modern cultures of Islam, Judaism, and early Christianity.
Present - Technology, Information & Society For accomplishments that are shaping and enriching society and public life in the Present: Dr. W. Daniel Hillis for his defining work in the area of parallel processing and for his spirit of innovation, creativity, and exploration.
Future - Life Sciences · For breakthroughs that hold great promise for the Future: Prof. Sydney Brenner, Prof. John Sulston and Prof. Robert Waterston for their outstanding contributions to research and bio genetics breakthroughs.
Dan David, photographic technology innovator and Chairman of Photo Me International, has endowed the prize program with shares valued at approximately $100 Million. Tel Aviv University administers this international prize to recognize achievements in "innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries" by "those who study the past, work in the present and plan for a better future." Disciplines of study eligible for the award include, but are not limited to, archaeology, history, the Arts, journalism, conflict resolution, environmental studies, law, psychology, philosophy, the life sciences, and mathematics, among others.
Hillis has announced that he is setting up a non-profit foundation which will give away the annual interest on the prize money.
DANIEL (Danny) HILLIS is Chairman and Chief Technology Officer
of Applied Minds, Inc., a research and development company creating
a range of new products and services in software, entertainment,
electronics, biotechnology and mechanical design. The company
also provides advanced technology, creative design and consulting
services to a variety of clients.
LINK: The Dan David Prize