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Sanjay Subrahmanyam awarded Dan David Prize 2019

Date: 12 February 2019 Tags: miscellaneous

Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam was awarded prestigious Dan David Prize of Israel for year 2019 for his work on inter-cultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and people of North and South America during early modern era. He won this prestigious US $1 million prize in category of ''Past Time Dimension'' for his work in macro history (past). He will share this award in this category with Professor Kenneth Pomeranz of University of Chicago.

Other category winners of Dan David Prize 2019

  • Present category: It was awarded jointed to Reporters without Borders and Professor Michael Ignatieff for "Defending Democracy".
  • Future dimension category: It was awarded to Costa Rican diplomat Christina Figueres for her role in combating climate change.

Sanjay Subrahmanyam

  • He is son of strategic analyst K Subrahmanyam and brother of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar. He specialises in the early modern period.
  • He is alumnus of University of Delhi and did his doctorate from Delhi School of Economics. He had started his career as economic historian but later, worked on political, intellectual and cultural history.
  • He holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which he joined in 2004.
  •  He is the recipient of prestigious Infosys Prize for humanities, awarded in 2012 for his path-breaking contribution to history.

About Dan David Prize

  • It is awarded to persons/institutions who have made outstanding scientific, technological and humanistic accomplishments in fields representing past, present and future of human achievement.
  • It is awarded annually by Dan David Foundation, headquartered at Tel Aviv University, Israel. It carries award of US $1 million.
  • It was established by and named after late Dan David, philanthropist and international businessman. Every year it awarded in three categories viz. Past, Present and Future.
  • It winners are required to donate 10% of their prize money towards scholarships for graduate or post-graduate researchers in their respective fields to encourage and foster new generations of scholars.
  • Some of its previous recipients are cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and filmmakers Joel, novelist Margaret Atwood, Ethan Coen, former US Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
  • Some of its prominent Indian laureates are music conductor Zubin Mehta, author Amitav Ghosh, renowned scientist CNR Rao and astronomy professor Shrinivas Kulkarni.