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 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 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureates[edit]

The Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology was awarded to Robert H. Dennard for "Invention of Dynamic Random Access Memory and Proposal of Guidelines for FET Miniaturization".[3] The Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences was awarded to Masatoshi Nei for his "Research on the Evolution of Biological Populations Using Quantitative Analyses of Genetic Variation and Evolutionary Time".[4] The Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy was awarded to Cecil Taylor for being "An Innovative Jazz Musician Who Has Fully Explored the Possibilities of Piano Improvisation".[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 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "The 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "The 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureates". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013.