The Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize has been awarded annually since 1984 by the Inamori Foundation

The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The Prize is presented annually in each of the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Laureates shall in principle be individuals (one person per category). However, in special cases a single Prize may be shared among more than one person. Selection is made without regard to nationality, race, sex, age, or religion. Each laureate is presented with a diploma, a 20K gold Kyoto Prize medal, and prize money of 50 million yen per category. Each Kyoto Prize category comprises four fields. The specific fields to be awarded in a given year are determined each year.

(From the website of Inamori Foundation)

The Kyoto Prize winners of Kyoto University

THE 2010 KYOTO PRIZE

  • Categories: Advanced Technology
    Shinya Yamanaka (Japan)
  • Professor / Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University
    Biotechnology and Medical Technology

THE 2004 KYOTO PRIZE

  • Categories: Advanced Technology
    Alan Curtis Kay (U.S.A.)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University
    Information Science

THE 1998 KYOTO PRIZE

  • Categories: Basic Sciences
    Kiyoshi Ito (Japan)
  • Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
    Mathematical Sciences

THE 1995 KYOTO PRIZE

  • Categories: Basic Sciences
    Chushiro Hayashi (Japan)
  • Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
    Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics