22 January 2020 - 25 Tevet 5780 - כ"ה טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam wins Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize E-mail

Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam has won Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize for 2019 for his work on intercultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and the people of North and South America during the early modern era.

Subrahmanyam, son of strategic analyst K. Subrahmanyam and brother of former foreign secretary S. Jaishankar, won the award in the category of “Past” for his work in macro history. He shares the US$1 million award in this category with historian Prof Kenneth Pomeranz of the University of Chicago.

The international 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. It is a joint international enterprise endowed by the Dan David Foundation, headquartered at Tel Aviv University.

The prize, now in its 18th year, was established by late Dan David, an international businessman and philanthropist who envisioned a project that would extend beyond traditional academic categorisations. Laureates donate 10% of their prize money to postgraduate students in their respective fields, thereby contributing to the community and advancing a new generation of scholars.

Prizes are given in three categories. Recipients in the “Past” category are generally drawn from the fields of history, archaeology, paleontology and biography; the “Present” from arts, media, policy and economics, and the “Future” from one of the exact or natural sciences.

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