The 2021 Kyoto Prize Special Website Launches on November 10
Commemorative Lectures to Be Available Online!

The Inamori Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a special website for the 2021 Kyoto Prize on November 10 at 10:00 a.m. JST, during the “Kyoto Prize Week” when the Kyoto Prize related events normally take place. This year, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Presentation Ceremony, Banquet and other related events have been canceled, and the videos of Commemorative Lectures and three-minute laureates introduction will be presented online. Meanwhile, please enjoy the one-minute introduction videos of each of this year’s laureates!

Advanced Technology


Andrew Chi-Chih Yao
Computer Scientist
Dean, Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, Tsinghua University
Pioneering Contributions to a New Theory of Computation and Communication
and a Fundamental Theory for Its Security
Andrew Chi-Chih Yao created new trends in computer science and made a great contribution to cutting-edge research in various areas, especially in security, secure computing, and quantum computation through establishing innovative fundamental theories for computation and communication. His achievements are continuing to influence current real-world problems such as security, secure computing, and big data processing.

Basic Sciences


Robert G. Roeder
Biochemist and Molecular Biologist
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University
Discovery of the Principle of Gene Transcription Mechanisms in Eukaryotes
Robert G. Roeder has revealed the principle of the regulatory mechanism of transcription in eukaryotes through his over 50 years of transcriptional research, by identifying functions of a series of factors such as three distinct RNA polymerases, basic transcription factors, one of the first gene-specific factors, and regulators in transcription from chromatin. Through his achievements, he has made significant contributions to develop present life science.

Arts and Philosophy


Bruno Latour
Professor Emeritus, Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po)
Radically Re-examining “Modernity” by Developing a Philosophy
that Focuses on Interactions Between Technoscience and Social Structure
Bruno Latour has revolutionized the conventional view of science by treating nature, humans, laboratory equipment, and other entities as equal actors, and describing technoscience as the hybrid network of these actors. His philosophy re-examines “modernity” based on the dualism of nature and society. He has a large influence across disciplines, with his multifaceted activities that include proposals regarding global environmental issues.

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