Kyoto Prize

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Kyoto Prize (Japan)

The Kyoto Prize (京都賞 Kyōto-shō?) is a Japanese award similar in intent to the Nobel Prize. It recognizes outstanding works in the fields of philosophy, arts, science and technology. It has been awarded annually since 1985 by the Inamori Foundation, founded by Kazuo Inamori. The awards are given not only to those that are top representatives of their own respective field, but also to those that have contributed to humanity with their work. It has been awarded annually indeed to "those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind".[1] The Kyoto Prize is regarded by many as the most prestigious award available in fields which are traditionally not honored with a Nobel Prize. It is sometimes referred to as the Japanese equivalent of the Nobel Prize.[2]

Prizes are given in the fields of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences and Arts and Philosophy. Within each broad category, the prize rotates among subfields, e.g. the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology rotates across electronics, biotechnology, materials science and engineering, and information science. The prize was endowed with 50 million yen and Kyocera stock. The prize is rising in prestige[opinion] as it covers fields not often awarded by the Nobel Prizes. The award is one of the most prestigious international awards for lifetime achievement in the arts and sciences.

The 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates[edit]

The Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology was awarded to Robert S. Langer for "Creation of Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery System Technologies".[3] The Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences was awarded to Edward Witten for his "Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Mathematical Sciences through the Exploration of Superstring Theory".[4] The Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy was awarded to Fukumi Shimura for being "An Artist in Constant Pursuit of the Fundamental Human Value of Harmonious Coexistence with Nature through the Artistic Creation of Tsumugi Kimono on the Basis of Folk Wisdom".[5]

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  1. ^ "About the Kyoto Prize". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Vergano, Dan (12 November 2006). "Kyoto Prize honors achievement and character". Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "The 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "The 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "The 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013.