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The Kyoto Prize
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Awarded for Global achievements in
Advanced Technology,
Basic Sciences,
Arts and Philosophy
Location ICC Kyoto
Country  Japan
Presented by Inamori Foundation
Reward(s) 100 million yen (more than $900,000) and a 20-karat gold medal[1]
First awarded 1985
Number of laureates 100 prizes to 106 laureates as of 2017

The Kyoto Prize (京都賞, Kyōto-shō) is Japan's highest private award for global achievement. The Kyoto 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 Kyoto Prizes are regarded by many as the most prestigious award available in fields that are traditionally not honored with a Nobel Prize.[2] The Prize has been awarded annually since 1985 by the Inamori Foundation, founded by Kazuo Inamori.[3] The honorary president of the Foundation is Princess Takamado.

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The Kyoto Prize has been awarded annually to "those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind".[4] 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 that 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 100 million yen per category (roughly some US$ 880,000).

Categories and Fields

The Kyoto Prize consists of three different categories, each with 4 sub-Fields. The Fields change every year to provide a diverse group of Laureates each year. The Categories being:

Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology.[5] With Fields: Electronics, Biotechnology and Medical Technology, Materials Science and Engineering and Information Science.

Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences.[6] With Fields: Mathematical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences(Astronomy and Astrophysics), and Life Sciences (With the fifth category of Cognitive Sciences with one Laureate, Noam Chomsky in 1988).

Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy.[7] With Fields: Music, Arts, Theater(Cinema), and Thought and Ethics


With the 2015 Kyoto laureates, the three-category prizes have honored 99 individuals and one foundation (the Nobel Foundation). 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 (44), followed by Japan (19), the United Kingdom (12), and France (8).

See also

External links


  1. ^ "Joan Jonas Wins $900,000 Kyoto Prize". ARTnews. June 15, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Vergano, Dan (12 November 2006). "Kyoto Prize honors achievement and character". Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  3. ^ Brozan, Nadine (1 July 1996). "CHRONICLE". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor allegedly swindled of $500,000 Kyoto prize". The Guardian. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Kyoto Prize, Inamori Foundation". Kyoto Prize, Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  6. ^ "Kyoto Prize, Inamori Foundation". Kyoto Prize, Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  7. ^ "Kyoto Prize, Inamori Foundation". Kyoto Prize, Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
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