Wikipedia Co-founder to Receive $1 Million Israeli Prize

Jimmy Wales named as 2015 Dan David Prize laureate in the 'Present: The Information Revolution' category, in honor of him launching world's largest online encyclopedia.

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales during a television interview in London in 2011.Credit: Bloomberg
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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

The Dan David Foundation awards three $1 million prizes annually in three categories: past, present and future.

The prize is named after the late philanthropist Dan David and administered by Tel Aviv University. On Tuesday it announced the winners for 2015.

Wales is being honored for launching the world's largest online encyclopedia. He is the sole laureate in the 'Present: The Information Revolution' category. 

The others honored this year are historians Peter R. Brown and Alessandro Portelli in the 'Retrieving the Past: Historians and their Sources' category, and scientists Cyrus Chothia, David Haussler and Michael Waterman in the 'The Future: Bioinformatics' category.

An award ceremony is planned for May. $1 million in prize money is awarded in each category, meaning joint winners in each category share $1 million prize money between themselves.  

Previous recipients include former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.