Kyoto Prize Fact Sheet
- The 2004 Kyoto Prize announcement will be made on Friday, June 11, at 2:30 a.m. ET.
- Each laureate will receive a diploma, a Kyoto Prize Medal of 20-karat gold and a cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately US $450,000) at the Kyoto Prize Ceremony in Japan on November 10, 2004.
- In addition, the laureates will convene in San Diego, Calif., March 2-4, 2005, for the fourth annual Kyoto Laureate Symposium at the University of San Diego, University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University.
- Considered among the world's leading awards for lifetime achievement, the Kyoto Prizes recognize significant contributions to the scientific, cultural and spiritual development of mankind.
- There are three categories of Kyoto Prizes: Advanced Technology, Basic Science, and Arts and Philosophy. There are sub-fields within each of the categories that rotate. This year, they are Information Technology, Life Science, and Thought and Ethics.
- QUOTE: "Today, we are rushing ahead with incredible scientific and technological achievements, while understanding of our emotional and psychological development lags deplorably," said Dr. Kazuo Inamori, founder and president of The Inamori Foundation. "It is my hope that the Kyoto Prizes will encourage balanced development of both our scientific and our spiritual sides, and hence provide impetus toward the structuring of new philosophical paradigms."
- The Inamori Foundation was established in 1984 by Kazuo Inamori, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Kyocera Corporation.
- The Kyoto Prizes were founded in 1985 in line with Dr. Inamori's belief that man has no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of society, and that mankind's future can be assured only when there is a balance between our scientific progress and our spiritual depth.
- It is characteristic of the Kyoto Prizes that they are presented to individuals or groups in appreciation not only of their outstanding achievements but also of the excellence of the personal characteristics on which they have built their contributions to mankind.
- The laureates are selected through a strict and fair process considering candidates recommended from around the world.
- As of January 2004, the Kyoto Prize has been awarded to 63 laureates from 12 nations-ranging from scientists, engineers and researchers to architects, sculptors and film directors. The United States has produced the most recipients with 27 laureates, followed by the United Kingdom (nine), Japan (eight) and France (seven).
|The Inamori Foundation - sponsor of the Kyoto Prize|