Dan David Prize 10th Anniversary 2011 Laureates Announced: The Coen Brothers - for Cinema; Marcus Feldman - for Evolution; Cynthia Kenyon and Gary Ruvkun - for Ageing

By Dan David Prize, PRNE
Monday, February 21, 2011

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TEL AVIV, Israel, February 22, 2011 - The international Dan David Prize, which annually awards three prizes of
US$1 million each for outstanding achievement, announced the names of its
2011 laureates today.

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The Dan David Prize, named after international businessman and
philanthropist Dan David, is headquartered at Tel Aviv University. The
laureates, who donate 10% of their prize money towards 20 doctoral and
postdoctoral scholarships, will be honoured at a ceremony on May 15, 2011 at
Tel Aviv University in the presence of the President of the State of Israel,
Mr. Shimon Peres, and the President of the Republic of Italy, Mr. Giorgio

The 2011 Dan David Prize laureates, in the Past, Present and
Future Time Dimensions, are:

Past - "Evolution"

Prof. Marcus Feldman (Stanford University)

Marcus Feldman has produced conceptual results of broad interest in the
domain of animal and plant evolution. His work has led to highly focused
insights of cultural significance in different civilizations. His work not
only explores basic scientific topics, but investigates the societal
consequences of the conclusions he draws in terms of models of evolution.

Present - "Cinema and Society"

The Coen Brothers (USA)

Joel and Ethan Coen make a creative partnership unique in the history of
filmmaking. Their control over final cut of their films, their grasp of film
genres, black comedy, and their capacity to bring narrative complexity to
apparently simple plots have become hallmarks of their films. Their
impressive list of films include Blood Simple, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No
Country for Old Men, and Barton Fink.

Future - Ageing - Facing the Challenge

Prof. Cynthia Kenyon (University of California, SF) and
Prof. Gary Ruvkun (Harvard Medical School)

Cynthia Kenyon is a visionary whose work has established that ageing is
genetically regulated. Gary Ruvkun discovered that a hormone similar to human
insulin is key in longevity. From Kenyon's and Ruvkun's pioneering work,
there is good reason to think that life-span could be extended in man, and
that the onset of diseases of old-age could be delayed genetically or with


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