The non-profit Inamori Foundation presented its 28th annual Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement, in the categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy during a formal ceremony. Each laureate received a 20-karat gold Kyoto Prize medal, a cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately $630,000) and a diploma in recognition of lifelong contributions to society.
Ivan Sutherland, an American computer scientist regarded as the “Father of Computer Graphics,” was awarded the Advanced Technology Prize in the field of Information Science; Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese molecular cell biologist, received the Basic Sciences Prize in the field of Life Science; and Prof. Gayatri Spivak, an Indian literary critic and educator, was honored with the Arts and Philosophy Prize in the field of Thought and Ethics.
The laureates are in Kyoto for the week attending the ceremony, holding lectures and workshops, and participating in youth development programs. They will reconvene in San Diego, Calif. March 12-14, 2013 to participate in North America’s twelfth annual Kyoto Prize Symposium, a three-day celebration of the lives and works of the laureates with an opening Gala and ongoing lectures at host universities.