The Dan David Foundation grants the $1 million prizes in three categories –
past, present and future – for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.
The prize, named after the late philanthropist Dan David, is administered from Tel Aviv University.
Other winners are the economist Esther Duflo and Alfred Sommer, a prominent American ophthalmologist and epidemiologist.
Previous recipients include filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, former US Vice President Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.