Kyoto Prize

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The Kyoto Prize
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Awarded for Global achievements in
Advanced Technology,
Basic Sciences,
Arts and Philosophy
Country  Japan
Presented by Inamori Foundation
First awarded 1985
Official website

The Kyoto Prize (京都賞 Kyōto-shō?) is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. The Prize is 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. The Prize has been awarded annually since 1985 by the Inamori Foundation, founded by Kazuo Inamori. The honorary president of the Foundation was Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.


The Kyoto Prize has been awarded annually indeed to "those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind".[1] The 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 Prizes are regarded by many as the most prestigious award available in fields which are traditionally not honored with a Nobel Prize.[2]

The laureates are announced each June; the prize presentation ceremony and related events are held in Kyoto, Japan, each November. The Prizes were endowed with 50 million yen and Kyocera stock.

With the 2014 Kyoto laureates, the three-category prizes have honored 96 individuals and one foundation — collectively representing 16 nations. Individual laureates range from scientists, engineers and researchers to philosophers, painters, architects, sculptors, musicians and film directors. The United States has produced the most recipients (41), followed by Japan (17), the United Kingdom (12), and France (8).[3]

The 2014 Kyoto Laureates[edit]

The Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology was awarded to Robert S. Langer for "Creation of Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery System Technologies".[4] 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".[5] 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".[6]

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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. ^ 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates Have Been Announced
  4. ^ "The 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "The 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "The 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013.