The 2022 Kyoto Prize Special Website


Carver Mead
Bryan T. Grenfell
Zakir Hussain

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.

Image of the award ceremony

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


Carver Mead

A Personal Journey Through the Information Revolution

Carver Mead / Electronics Engineer and Applied Physicist

Leading Contributions to the Establishment of the Guiding Principles for VLSI Systems Design

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Carver Mead


Bryan T. Grenfell

Epidemiological and Evolutionary Dynamics of Pathogens in Time and Space

Bryan T. Grenfell / Population Biologist

Development of an Innovative Methodology for Integrative Analysis of Pathogen Evolution and Epidemics

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Bryan T. Grenfell


Zakir Hussain

The 2022 Kyoto Prize Commemorative Lecture and Performance

Zakir Hussain / Tabla Player

A Highly Innovative and Creative Artist who Opened up the New Musical Possibilities of the Tabla, a Traditional Indian Percussion Instrument

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Zakir Hussain