Al Gore was awarded a $1 million Tel Aviv University prize for his campaign to raise environmental awareness.
The former U.S. vice president turned global warming guru was feted Monday at the university, where he won the Dan David Prize in the Social Responsibility with Particular Emphasis on the Environment category.
Also awarded the prize, which comes with a $1 million purse, were Israeli author Amoz Oz, British playwright Tom Stoppard and Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan.
The Dan David Foundation, created in 2002, recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries. Its laureates donate 10 percent of their prize money to graduate students in their respective fields, thus contributing to the community and fostering a new generation of scholars.
Gore will deliver an address Tuesday on “Renewable Energy and Beyond” at an international conference at the university.