Historians, scientists, artist win Israeli prize

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 4:30 AM

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — American intellectual Leon Wieseltier, French philosopher Michel Serres and British historian Sir Geoffrey Lloyd are among the winners of this year's prestigious Dan David Prize.

The Dan David Foundation grants the $1 million prizes in three categories — past, present and future — for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

The prize, named after the late philanthropist Dan David, is administered from Tel Aviv University.

The foundation announced the 2013 winners Wednesday.

Other winners are the economist Esther Duflo and Alfred Sommer, a prominent American ophthalmologist and epidemiologist.

Previous recipients include filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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