The 2021 Kyoto Prize Special Website


Andrew Chi-Chih Yao
Robert G. Roeder
Bruno Latour

Laureates' Commemorative Lecture Videos Available


We hope to contribute to the progress of the future of humanity while maintaining a balance between the development of science and civilization and the enrichment of the human spirit.

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Kyoto Prize is an international award of Japanese origin, presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to "the development of science and civilization" and "the enrichment of the human spirit." Kazuo Inamori founded the Inamori Foundation in 1984 based on his life philosophy, and the first prize was awarded in 1985.
In the Commemorative Lectures, you can learn about the laureates' research and achievements as well as their personalities, including their perspectives on life, value and ideas. We welcome you to watch and enjoy their lectures.

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  • Advanced Technology
    • Electronics
    • Biotechnology and Medical Technology
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Information Science
  • Basic Sciences
    • Biological Sciences (Evolution, Behavior, Ecology, Environment)
    • Mathematical Sciences(including Pure Mathematics)
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Life Sciences(Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology)
  • Arts and Philosophy
    • Music
    • Arts(Painting, Sculpture, Craft, Architecture, Photography, Design, etc.)
    • Theater, Cinema
    • Thought and Ethics


Andrew Chi-Chih Yao

A Journey Through Computer Science

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao / Computer Scientist

Pioneering Contributions to a New Theory of Computation and Communication and a Fundamental Theory for Its Security

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Andrew Chi-Chih Yao


Robert G. Roeder

Regulation of Transcription in Animal Cells: A 50-year Journey Revealing an Expanding Universe of Factors and Mechanisms

Robert G. Roeder / Biochemist and Molecular Biologist

Discovery of the Principle of Gene Transcription Mechanisms in Eukaryotes

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Robert G. Roeder


Bruno Latour

How to React to a Change in Cosmology

Bruno Latour / Philosopher

Radically Re-examining “Modernity” by Developing a Philosophy that Focuses on Interactions Between Technoscience and Social Structure

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Bruno Latour