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Jamaica Kincaid among winners of Israeli foundation prize
The Antiguan-born acclaimed novelist and Harvard professor wins prestigious Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments; other winners include Swedish biologist Svante Pääbo, American geneticist David Reich, Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua.

Author Jamaica Kincaid is among this year's winners of the prestigious Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments, Tel Aviv University announced on Tuesday.

 

  

The Dan David Foundation awards $3 million in prizes annually to recipients grouped in three categories: past, present and future.

 

Kincaid is being honored as "as one of the most important and influential writers today."

 

Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid

 

Others honored this year are Swedish biologist Svante Pääbo, American geneticist David Reich, Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua, American astrophysicists Neil Gehrels and Shrinivas Kulkarni and Polish astronomer and astrophysicist Andrzej Udalski.

 

An award ceremony is set for May.

 

Previous recipients include filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, former US Vice President Al Gore and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

 

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