The Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest award introduced annually for outstanding lifetime achievement, will be announced tomorrow, June 20, 2014. The internationally esteemed prize is introduced to selected intellectuals worldwide who have dedicated themselves for the scientific, cultural, or spiritual betterment for humanity. Individuals are selected from fields that are not traditionally honored by the Nobel Prize. These fields fall under three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy, and rotate every year. While the Kyoto Prize is given annually, each field is featured only once every four years. This year’s Kyoto Prize recognizes those from Biotechnology and Medical Technology, Mathematical Sciences, and Arts. 

Kyoto Prize categories and rotating fields





Biological Sciences (Evolution, Behavior, Ecology, Environment)


Biotechnology and Medical Technology

Mathematical Sciences
(including Unspoiled Mathematics)

Arts (Painting, Sculpture, Craft, Architecture, Design)

Materials Science and Engineering

Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics


Theater, Cinema

Information Science

Life Sciences (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology)

Thought and Ethics

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