Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam wins Israel's Dan David Prize 2019

Feb 12, 2019 13:34 IST
Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam wins Israel's Dan David Prize 2019

Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam on February 10, 2019 won the prestigious Dan David Prize 2019 for his work on inter-cultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and people of North and South America during the early modern era.

He won the Israel's prestigious USD 1 million dollar award in the category of ''Past Time Dimension'' for his work in macro history. He shared the award in the Past category with Professor Kenneth Pomeranz of University of Chicago.

Once presented with the award money, Subrahmanyam will donate 10 percent of the prize money towards scholarships for graduate or post-graduate researchers.

Note: The Dan David Prize laureates are required to donate 10 percent of their prize money towards scholarships for graduate or post-graduate researchers in their respective fields to encourage and foster new generations of scholars.

About Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Sanjay is the son of strategic analyst K Subrahmanyam and brother of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

Subrahmanyam is an alumnus of University of Delhi and did his doctorate from Delhi School of Economics.

He began as an economic historian but later, worked on the 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 the Infosys Prize for humanities for his path-breaking contribution to history.

Other winners of Dan David Prize 2019

This year's winners were chosen from the three categories for their work in macro history (Past), defending democracy (Present) and combating climate change (Future), respectively.

The award in the "Present" category was won jointly by Reporters without Borders and Professor Michael Ignatieff for "Defending Democracy".

The Reporters without Borders is an organisation that works for the freedom of the Press. Michael Ignatieff is a Canadian author, academic and former politician who headed Liberal Party of Canada and was also the leader of the official opposition for almost three years.

• Christina Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat was awarded the prize in the "future" dimension for her role in combating climate change.

About Dan David Prize

The Dan David Prize is awarded annually to those who have made outstanding scientific, technological and humanistic accomplishments in fields representing the past, present and future of human achievement.

This USD 1 million prize is endowed by the Dan David Foundation, headquartered at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

The prize was established by late Dan David, an international businessman and philanthropist who envisioned a project that would extend beyond traditional academic categorisations.

Three Dan David prizes are given every year in the categories of Past, Present and Future to people around the world who have made outstanding contributions to humanity in the sciences.

The recipients in the 'Past' category are generally drawn from the field of history, archaeology, paleontology, biography, etc.

The recipients in the 'Present' category are drawn from arts, media, policy, economics, etc.

The recipients in the 'Future' category are drawn from one of the exact or natural sciences.

Some of the previous recipients of the award include former US Vice President Al Gore, former British Premier Tony Blair, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, novelist Margaret Atwood, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

Other prominent Indian laureates of the Dan David Prize were author Amitav Ghosh, music conductor Zubin Mehta, renowned chemist CNR Rao and astronomy professor Shrinivas Kulkarni.