The Dan David Prize annually awards people for achievements that make an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on the world.
The 2008 winners are Gore, Stoppard and Egoyan; Israeli author Amos Oz; Geoffrey Eglinton, a British professor of Earth Sciences, and Ellen Moseley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson, professors of geography and geological sciences respectively at Ohio State University.
Oz, Stoppard and Egoyan will share a $1 million award, while Gore will get another and Eglinton, Mosely-Thompson and Thompson will share a third.
"The constellation of laureates is particularly meaningful," Dan David, the businessman and philanthropist who founded the prize, said in a statement. "On the one hand, great creators depicting historical events in literature, theater and film; on the other, eminent scientists whose research predicts environmental disaster if we do not act; and in between, a man promoting awareness of this prediction and its remedies so that human history will continue to be told for generations to come."
The awards are to be presented at a ceremony May 19 at Tel Aviv University.
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