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Three Americans to Receive Japan’s Highest Private Award for Global Achievement; Pioneers in Electronics Engineering,

  Three Americans to Receive Japan’s Highest Private Award for Global
  Achievement; Pioneers in Electronics Engineering, Evolutionary Biology and
  Jazz Music Selected as 29th Kyoto Prize Laureates

Dr. Robert Dennard Chosen for Advanced Technology, Dr. Masatoshi Nei for Basic
              Sciences and Cecil Taylor for Arts and Philosophy

Business Wire

KYOTO, Japan -- June 21, 2013

The Inamori Foundation today announced the 29^th annual Kyoto Prize laureates:
all three Americans continuing to work well into their 80s providing real-life
proof of the adage, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your
life.” Dr. Robert Dennard, IBM Fellow and electronics engineer, will receive
the Advanced Technology Prize in the field of Electronics; Dr. Masatoshi Nei,
an evolutionary biologist and Professor at Penn State, will receive the Basic
Sciences Prize in the field of Biological Sciences; and music pioneer Cecil
Taylor, one of the most original pianists in the history of jazz, will receive
the Arts and Philosophy Prize in the field of Music.

Dr. Robert H. Dennard will receive the 2013 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology
for his invention of ...

Dr. Robert H. Dennard will receive the 2013 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology
for his invention of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and proposal of
guidelines for miniaturizing Field Effect Transistors (FETs). (Photo: Business
Wire)

The Kyoto Prize is an international award bestowed by The Inamori Foundation
to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural,
and spiritual betterment of humankind. At a November ceremony in Kyoto, Japan,
each laureate will receive a diploma, a 20-karat gold Kyoto Prize medal and a
cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately US $500,000-630,000) in recognition
of lifelong contributions to society. The Inamori Foundation was started by
noted philanthropist Dr. Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera Corporation and
KDDI Corporation, and director and chairman emeritus of Japan Airlines.
Including this year’s laureates, 93 individuals and one organization (The
Nobel Foundation) have been honored with the Kyoto Prize.

The 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureates

IBM Fellow Dr. Robert Heath Dennard, 80, invented the basic structure of
Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), which is now extensively utilized as one
of the integrated circuit (IC) memory systems. His innovation has immensely
increased the capacity of digital information storage, leading to dramatic
progress in information and telecommunications technology. Dr. Dennard and his
colleagues also proposed guidelines, called “scaling theory”, to miniaturize
field-effect transistors (FET), which play key roles in most ICs, including
DRAM, thereby promoting the amazing advance in IC technology.

Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Masatoshi Nei, 82, made it possible to discuss
evolutionary divergence, genetic diversity, and the mode of selection on genes
in a quantitative manner by devising diverse statistical methods such as Nei’s
genetic distance, and applying them to molecular data. Using these methods,
Dr. Nei’s research has yielded important contributions to molecular
evolutionary biology, as well as many other academic disciplines including
ecology and conservation biology, and helped with understanding the
evolutionary mechanism of genes, such as positive selection.

Music visionary Cecil Taylor, 84, is one of the most original pianists in the
history of jazz. He developed his innovative improvisation departing from
conventional idioms through distinctive musical constructions and percussive
renditions, thereby opening new possibilities in jazz. His unsurpassed
virtuosity and strong will inject an intense, vital force into his music,
which has exerted a profound influence on a broad range of musical genres.

About the Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Prize

The non-profit Inamori Foundation was established in 1984 by Dr. Kazuo
Inamori, founder and chairman emeritus of Kyocera Corporation, founder of and
honorary adviser to KDDI Corporation, and director and chairman emeritus of
Japan Airlines. The Foundation created the Kyoto Prize in 1985, in line with
Dr. Inamori’s 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. With the 2013 laureates, the prize has honored 93 individuals
and one 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 (39), followed by Japan (16), the
United Kingdom (12), and France (8). More information can be found at
www.kyotoprize.org/en/.

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Jay Scovie
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