Israeli foundation awards $1 million prize to Wikipedia founder and others

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Israel-based Dan David Foundation has awarded this year’s Dan David Prize for scientific, technological, and cultural accomplishments to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, among other prominent honorees, the foundation announced Tuesday.

The three annual $1 million prizes are administered by Tel Aviv University and named for late philanthropist Dan David. In the past, it has been awarded to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

In addition to Wales, who is being honored for founding the world's largest online encyclopedia, the foundation is spreading this year's prizes among historians Peter R. Brown and Alessandro Portelli as well as scientists Cyrus Chothia, David Haussler, and Michael Waterman. The award ceremony will take place in May.

Posted on February 11, 2015 .