28th Annual Kyoto Prize, Japan's Highest Private Awards for Global Achievement, Presented to American Computer Scientist, U.S.

  28th Annual Kyoto Prize, Japan's Highest Private Awards for Global
  Achievement, Presented to American Computer Scientist, U.S.-based Indian
  Literary Critic and Japanese Biologist

   Imperial Princess Takamado, Academic Leaders Join to Recognize Lifetime
   Achievements of Dr. Ivan Sutherland, Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi and Professor
                                Gayatri Spivak

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KYOTO, Japan -- November 10, 2012

The non-profit Inamori Foundation (President: Dr. Kazuo Inamori) presented its
28^th annual Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global
achievement, in the categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and
Arts and Philosophy during a formal ceremony today. Each laureate received a
20-karat gold Kyoto Prize medal, a cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately
US$630,000) and a diploma in recognition of lifelong contributions to society.

Dr. Ivan Sutherland (U.S.) receives his 2012 Kyoto Prize from Dr. Kazuo
Inamori, Founder and Preside ...

Dr. Ivan Sutherland (U.S.) receives his 2012 Kyoto Prize from Dr. Kazuo
Inamori, Founder and President of the Inamori Foundation, at an International
ceremony on November 10, 2012 in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Sutherland was honored for
lifetime achievement in Advanced Technology for his work in computer graphics.
(Photo: Business Wire)

Dr. Ivan Edward Sutherland, an American computer scientist regarded as the
“Father of Computer Graphics,” was awarded the Advanced Technology Prize in
the field of Information Science; Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese molecular
cell biologist, received the Basic Sciences Prize in the field of Life
Science; and Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, an Indian literary critic
and educator, was honored with the Arts and Philosophy Prize in the field of
Thought and Ethics.

The laureates are in Kyoto for the week attending the ceremony, holding
lectures and workshops, and participating in youth development programs. They
will reconvene in San Diego, Calif. March 12-14, 2013 to participate in North
America’s twelfth annual Kyoto Prize Symposium, a three-day celebration of the
lives and works of the laureates with an opening Gala and ongoing lectures at
host universities.

2012 Kyoto Prize Laureates

Dr. Ivan Sutherland, Advanced Technology, United States

Dr. Sutherland, 74, is an American computer scientist and visiting scientist
at Portland State University. He is widely regarded as the “Father of Computer
Graphics” for his lifetime of pioneering work in developing graphical methods
of interacting with computers. Dr. Sutherland’s early achievements include
creating Sketchpad in 1963, a breakthrough application that allowed users to
directly manipulate figures on a computer screen through a pointing device.
Sketchpad’s approach was years ahead of its time and served as a conceptual
progenitor to today’s “graphical user interface” in everything from
smartphones to computer workstations. His work has supported applications
ranging from computer operating systems to video editing, animation, 3-D
modeling and virtual reality.

Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi*, Basic Sciences, Japan

Dr. Ohsumi, 67, is a Japanese scientist, researcher and professor who has made
groundbreaking contributions toward elucidating the molecular mechanisms and
physiological significance of autophagy, demonstrating how a cell degrades its
own proteins in order to adapt to nutritional deficiency or other
environmental influences. Autophagy is now regarded as a vital cell-recycling
system that may aid in future treatments for neurodegenerative conditions such
as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other age-related ailments. Dr. Ohsumi is
currently a professor at the Frontier Research Center of the Tokyo Institute
of Technology, where he and his colleagues continue their world-leading work
in autophagy.

Professor Gayatri Spivak*, Arts and Philosophy, India

Professor Spivak, 70, is an Indian intellectual, activist, and University
Professor at Columbia University, where she founded the Institute for
Comparative Literature and Society. Prof. Spivak plans to donate a portion of
her prize funds to her foundation, the Pares Chandra Chakravorty Memorial
Literacy Project, which provides primary education for children in rural
India. She exemplifies the modern intellectual through her theoretical work
for the humanities based on comparative literature and her devotion to
multifaceted educational activities, especially in developing regions. Her
work often focuses on those marginalized by globalization, including the new
immigrant, the working class and women, among others. She is perhaps best
known for her essay, “Can the Subaltern Speak?,” which spotlights those who
are economically dispossessed and rendered without agency by their social

About the Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Prize

The non-profit Inamori Foundation was established in 1984 by Dr. Kazuo
Inamori, regarded among Japan’s most respected business leaders. Inamori
founded multi-billion dollar Kyocera Corporation in 1959 and KDDI Corporation,
Japan’s No.2 telecommunications provider, in 1984. He created the Kyoto Prize
in 1985, in line with his belief that a human being has no higher calling than
to strive for the greater good of society, and that the future of humanity can
be assured only when there is a balance between our scientific progress and
our spiritual depth.

To date, the prize has honored 90 individuals and one not-for-profit
enterprise (The Nobel Foundation), collectively representing 15 nations.
Individual laureates range from scientists, engineers and researchers to
philosophers, painters, architects, sculptors, musicians and film
directors.The United States has produced the most recipients (36), followed
by Japan (16), the United Kingdom (12), and France (8). Seven Kyoto Prize
winners have subsequently been recognized with the Nobel Prize, including the
2012 Nobel recipient in Physiology or Medicine, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka (2010
Kyoto Prize laureate in Advanced Technology). For more information about the
Kyoto Prize and a webcast of the ceremony, visit
http://www.kyotoprize.org/en/. Information about North America’s Kyoto Prize
Symposium in March 2013 is available at www.kyotoprize-us.org.

* Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi: Yo-shee-nor-ee Oh-soo-mee
* Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Guy-ah-tree Chah-krah-vor-tee

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