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Announcement of the 2022 Kyoto Prize Laureates

The Kyoto Prize 2022 goes to an electronics engineer and applied physicist, to a population biologist and to a Tabla player.

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Kyoto/London – The Inamori Foundation, established in 1984 by Kyocera founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori, is pleased to announce the laureates of the 2022 Kyoto Prize, an international award presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind.

Each laureate will receive a diploma, the Kyoto Prize medal (20K gold), and prize money of 100 million yen (currently approx. 710,000 Euro). This year’s Prize goes to the following three individuals: Carver Mead, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology, Bryan T. Grenfell, Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs at the Princeton University as well as Zakir Hussain, a Tabla player from India.

The Kyoto Prize Laureates 2022

Prof. Dr. Carver Mead

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Prof. Dr. Carver Mead proposed and promoted a new methodology to divide the increasingly complicated design process of very large-scale integration (VLSI) systems into logic, circuit, and layout designs, and to separate them from the manufacturing process. He also contributed greatly to the advancement of computer-aided design technology and paved the way to the electronic design automation of VLSIs that led to the immense development of VLSI-based electronics and industry.

Prof. Dr. Bryan T. Grenfell

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Prof. Dr. Bryan T. Grenfell proposed “phylodynamics,” a methodology that predicts infectious disease dynamics of RNA viruses by considering viral evolution, and thus contributed to the development of the research field that integrates immune dynamics, epidemiology, and evolutionary biology. By virtue of these achievements, he has been instrumental in understanding infection mechanisms and proposing effective infectious disease control policies.

Zakir Hussain

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Zakir Hussain, a leading tabla player of Hindustani music transcended the framework of traditional Indian music and opened up a new world of music by collaborating with musicians of various genres from around the world. With his superb technique, engaging performances, and rich creativity, he made a tremendous impact on musicians worldwide.

Source: Inamori Foundation

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