Kyoto Prize at Oxford

The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honour those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind. The awards are held annually in November in Kyoto, Japan. The Laureates travel to Oxford in the following May for the Kyoto Prize at Oxford, hosted by the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.

The Blavatnik School of Government and the Inamori Foundation find a shared purpose in inspiring, educating and connecting individuals who strive for the greater good of society.

Watch the 2021 Laureate lectures on YouTube.

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Ariane Mnouchkine: A life in theatre

Watch Ariane Mnouchkine's Kyoto Prize lecture on a life in theatre.

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 James Gunn: Mapping the universe

Watch James Gunn's lecture on mapping the universe.

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Kyoto Prize Laureates
In conversation with the Kyoto Prize Laureates

Watch the Kyoto Prize Laureates in conversation.

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Ching Tang: The science of organic light-emitting diodes

Watch Professor Ching Tang's Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2021 lecture.

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Ariane Mnouchkine – Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2021 preview

Watch a preview of Ariane Mnouchkine's Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2021 lecture.

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Laureates

Ching W Tang
Ching W Tang
Chemist
James Gunn
James Gunn
Astrophysicist
Ariane Mnouchkine
Ariane Mnouchkine
Stage Director
Ching W Tang

Ching W Tang

IAS Bank of East Asia Professor, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Professor Emeritus, University of Rochester
Chemist

Dr Tang studied light emission processes in electrically-driven organic materials and invented a new device structure in which two carefully-selected materials were stacked, allowing for high-efficiency light emission at low drive voltages. This pioneering work has led to the practical use of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and their widespread application in displays and lighting.

Kyoto Prize award category: Advanced Technology — Material Science and Engineering

James Gunn

James Gunn

Emeritus Eugene Higgins Professor of Astrophysical Science, Princeton University
Astrophysicist

Dr Gunn led the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which produced a three-dimensional digital cosmic map encompassing a broad region. He played a leading role in the project, including planning, instrument development, and data analysis, and contributed to the elucidation of the evolutionary history of the universe. He also published many pioneering astrophysical theories. Through these achievements, he has contributed significantly to the understanding of the universe.

Kyoto Prize award category: Basic Sciences — Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Ariane Mnouchkine

Ariane Mnouchkine

Founder and Director, Théâtre du Soleil
Stage Director

Mrs Mnouchkine, the founder and director of the Théâtre du Soleil, has been continuously producing masterpieces with historical and political themes. Referring to traditional performances of both the East and the West, she has been innovating theatrical expressions.  Her collaborative creations are based on the methodology of her unique theatrical organisation, which eschews hierarchical order.

Kyoto Prize award category: Arts and Philosophy — Theatre, Cinema