Noted Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam has won Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize for this year.
According to an official release, Sanjay is awarded for his work on inter-cultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and people of North and South America during the early modern era. He will be sharing the USD 1 million award in this category with Prof Kenneth Pomeranz of University of Chicago. Mr Subrahmanyam, son of strategic analyst K Subrahmanyam and brother of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, won the award in the category of ”past time dimension” for his work in macro history. The international Dan David Prize is awarded annually to those who have made outstanding scientific, technological and humanistic accomplishments in fields representing the past, present and future of human achievement. Three Dan David Prize are given every year. He is an alumni of University of Delhi, holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which he joined in 2004. He is also the recipient of the Infosys Prize for humanities for his “path-breaking contribution to history’. The eminent historian, who did his doctorate from Delhi School of Economics, began as an economic historian but later branched out to work on political, intellectual and cultural history.