The 2022 Kyoto Prize

Special Website Open

The videos of Commemorative Lectures and Performance will be presented online.



In this series of “Unearthing the Words of Kyoto Prize Laureates,” we will interview the past laureates of the Kyoto Prize and take a closer look at the words that they delivered at their Commemorative Lectures to get to the heart of their unique ideas, thought process, and attitudes as inquirers.

About Kyoto Prize

Kyoto Prize since 1984

“A human being has no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of humanity and the world.”

Kazuo Inamori (Founder of Inamori Foundation)

Founded in 1984 by Kazuo Inamori, the Kyoto Prize is an international award of Japanese origin that honors individuals who have made significant contributions in the fields of science and technology, as well as arts and philosophy.

  • Advanced Technology
    • Electronics


    • Biotechnology and
      Medical Technology


    • Information Science


    • Materials Science and Engineering


  • Basic Sciences
    • Biological Sciences

      (Evolution, Behavior, Ecology, Environment)


    • Mathematical Sciences

      (including Pure Mathematics)


    • Life Sciences

      (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology)


    • Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics


  • Arts and Philosphy
    • Music


    • Arts

      (Painting, Sculpture, Craft, Architecture, Photography, Design, etc.)


    • Thought and Ethics


    • Theater, Cinema