Tony Blair and Robert Gallo win 2009 Dan David prizePolitician Tony Blair and scientists Robert Gallo, Paolo de Bernardis, Andrew Lange and Paul Richards are this year’s Dan David prizewinners, it was announced today.
The international prize, which is named after philanthropist and businessman Dan David, and is headquartered at Tel Aviv University, annually awards three prizes of $1 million each for outstanding achievement.
Blair, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain received an award for his exceptional leadership and steadfast determination in helping to engineer agreements and forge lasting solutions to areas in conflict.
Gallo, from the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore won the award for his research of the HIV and T cell leukaemia viruses and especially for the development of a robust, simple blood test to detect the HIV virus.
The final prize is shared by Italian, de Bernardis, and Americans Lange and Richards for their discoveries on the geometry and composition of our universe.
The laureates will be honoured at a ceremony on May 17 at Tel Aviv University.