Takeda Awards

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The Takeda Foundation, is an organisation based in Japan. In 2001 it launched an annual awards program, which presented awards accompanied by 100 million yen under the categories social/economic well-being, individual/humanity well-being, and world environmental well-being.

Winners[edit]

Awardees within each category are listed in alphabetical order.

2001[edit]

Social/Economic Well-Being[edit]

The technical achievement honored by the Takeda Award 2001 Techno-Entrepreneurial Achievements for Social/Economic Well-Being was "the origination and the advancement of open development models for system software - open architecture, free software and open source software."

Ken Sakamura (University of Tokyo) For developing and promoting the TRON open architecture, a real-time operating system specification for embedded systems
Richard Stallman (Free Software Foundation) For starting the free software movement and leading the development of the GNU operating system
Linus Torvalds (Transmeta Corporation) For developing the Linux operating system kernel by the open source process for software development

Individual/Humanity Well-Being[edit]

The technical achievement honored by the Takeda Award 2001 Techno-Entrepreneurial Achievements for Individual/Humanity Well-Being was "development of a large-scale genome sequencing system by establishing 'the whole genome shotgun strategy' that utilizes modularized data acquisition system and high-throughput DNA sequencers."

Michael W. Hunkapiller (Applied Biosystems) For his contribution to the development of the automated high-throughput DNA sequencers and the promotion of the foundation of Celera Genomics
J. Craig Venter (Celera Genomics) For the foundation of Celera Genomics and the development of "the whole genome shotgun strategy".

World/Environmental Well-Being[edit]

The technical achievement honored by the Takeda Award 2001 Techno-Entrepreneurial Achievements for World Environmental Well-Being is "the development and promotion of the Ecological Rucksacks and Material Input per Unit Service (MIPS) concepts, as measures of the ecological stress of products and services."

Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek (Factor 10 Institute) for developing and promoting the Ecological Rucksacks and Material Input per Unit of Service (MIPS) concepts.
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (Founding President of the Wuppertal Institute) For his contribution in refining and promoting the Ecological Rucksacks and Material Input per Unit Service (MIPS) concepts.

The awards were suspended in 2003 due to financial constraints, with the hope that they could be restarted if/when the Takeda Foundation's financial situation improves. [1]

As well as the above awards, also in 2001 and 2002 they presented the Techno-Entrepreurship Award, and the Takeda Scholarship Award.

2002[edit]

Social/Economic Well-Being[edit]

Isamu Akasaki (Meijo University) (25%) For development of the blue light-emitting diode and blue laser diode
Hiroshi Amano (Meijo University) (25%)
Shuji Nakamura (University of California, Santa Barbara) (50%)

Individual/Humanity Well-Being[edit]

Patrick O. Brown (Stanford University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute) For development and promotion of DNA microarrays
Stephen P. A. Fodor (Affymetrix)

World/Environmental Well-Being[edit]

Charles Elachi (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology) For development of Spaceborne Microwave Radar for Monitoring the Global Environment
Nobuyoshi Fugono (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International)
Ken'ichi Okamoto (Osaka Prefecture University)

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