Announcement of the 2016 Kyoto Prize Laureates

Kyoto Prize Ceremony

Announcement of the 2016 Kyoto Prize Laureates

The Inamori Foundation (President: Kazuo Inamori) today announced the laureates of the 2016 Kyoto Prize. The prize presentation ceremony will be held in Kyoto, Japan on November 10. Each laureate will receive a diploma, the Kyoto Prize medal (20K gold), and prize money of 50 million yen.

This year's prize goes to the following three individuals:

Takeo Kanade

Roboticist, U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Pioneering Contributions, both Theoretical and Practical, to Computer Vision and Robotics

Dr Kanade has made fundamental contributions to the basic theory of computer vision and introduced a series of innovative applied technologies in robotics including pioneering achievements in the field of automated driving. He has established the foundation of this academic field and been advancing its frontiers consistently for many years.

Kyoto Prize award category: Advanced Technology - Information Science

Tasuku Honjo

Medical Scientist, Professor, Kyoto University

Discovery of the Mechanism Responsible for the Functional Diversification of Antibodies, Immunoregulatory Molecules and Clinical Applications of PD-1

Dr Honjo has elucidated the mechanism for the functional diversification of antibodies by clarifying Class Switch Recombination and its responsible enzyme, AID. He also identified several important immunoregulatory molecules, including PD-1, whose function has led to the development of effective cancer immunotherapy. His discoveries and their clinical applications have significantly influenced research in the life sciences and medicine, resulting in eminent contributions to human welfare.

Kyoto Prize award category: Basic Sciences - Life Sciences (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology)

Martha Craven Nussbaum

Philosopher, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, The University of Chicago

A Philosopher Who Has Developed a New Theory of Justice Advocating the Capabilities Approach

Dr Nussbaum introduced the notion of incorporating human capabilities (what each person is able to do or be) into the criteria for social justice, beyond the conventional theory of equality based on a social contract among rational individuals. She established a new theory of justice that ensures the inclusion of the weak and marginalized, who are deprived of opportunities to develop their capabilities in society, and has proposed ways to apply this theory in the real world.

Kyoto Prize award category: Arts and Philosophy - Thought and Ethics

Image from the 2015 Kyoto Prize Presentation Ceremony.