14-15 May 2019 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.

Laureates

Karl Deisseroth
Karl Deisseroth
Neuroscientist
Masaki Kashiwara
Masaki Kashiwara
Mathematician
Joan Jonas
Joan Jonas
Artist
Karl Deisseroth

Karl Deisseroth

Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Stanford University
Neuroscientist

Discovery of optogenetics and development of causal systems neuroscience

Dr Deisseroth focused on microbial light-activated proteins such as channelrhodoposin of green algae and spearheaded ‘optogenetics’ — a new methodological discipline in which neurons can be activated or inhibited on the millisecond scale using light. This achievement has revolutionised the field of systems neuroscience, enabling causal study of neuronal assembly activity and resulting function. He is the youngest laureate ever in the history of the Kyoto Prize.

Kyoto Prize award category: Advanced Technology — Biotechnology and Medical Technology

Masaki Kashiwara

Masaki Kashiwara

Project Professor, Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University
Mathematician

Dr Kashiwara established the theory of D-modules, thereby playing a decisive role in the creation and development of algebraic analysis. His numerous achievements — including the establishment of the Riemann-Hilbert correspondence, its application to representation theory, and construction of crystal basis theory — have exerted great influence on various fields of mathematics and contributed strongly to their development.

Kyoto Prize award category: Basic Sciences — Mathematical Sciences

Joan Jonas

Joan Jonas

Professor Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Artist

Ms Jonas created a new artistic form by integrating performance art and video art, and has continuously evolved her original medium remaining at the forefront of contemporary art. Creating labyrinth-like works that lead audiences to diverse interpretations, she hands down the legacy of 1960s avant-garde art by developing it into a postmodern framework, and profoundly affecting artists of later generations.

Kyoto Prize award category: Arts and Philosophy — Arts (Painting, Sculpture, Craft, Architecture, Photography, Design, etc.)

Multimedia

Lecture: How to win a Stalin Prize: Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet (English)
Lecture: How to win a Stalin Prize: Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet (English)

Watch Dr Richard Taruskin speaking to an audience at the Blavatnik School of Government as part of the Kyoto Prize at Oxford events.

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Lecture: How to win a Stalin Prize: Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet (Japanese)
Lecture: How to win a Stalin Prize: Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet (Japanese)

Watch Dr Richard Taruskin speaking to an audience at the Blavatnik School of Government as part of the Kyoto Prize at Oxford events.

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Public Lecture by Dr Takashi Mimura, 2017 Laureate for Advanced Technology
Lecture: My fifty years with the transistor (Japanese)

Watch Dr Takashi Mimura speaking to an audience at the Blavatnik School of Government as part of the Kyoto Prize at Oxford events.

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Public Lecture by Dr Takashi Mimura, 2017 Laureate for Advanced Technology
Lecture: My fifty years with the transistor (English)

Watch Dr Takashi Mimura speaking to an audience at the Blavatnik School of Government as part of the Kyoto Prize at Oxford events.

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Adventures across disciplines: studying biophysics, and observing the shaping of policies (Japanese)
Lecture: Adventures across disciplines: studying biophysics, and observing the shaping of policies (Japanese)

Watch Dr Graham Farquhar speaking to an audience at the Blavatnik School of Government as part of the Kyoto Prize at Oxford events.

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