Announcing the 2023 Kyoto Prize Laureates

The Inamori Foundation has announced that Ryuzo Yanagimachi, Elliot H. Lieb and Nalini Malani will be awarded the 2023 Kyoto Prizes. 

Honoured for their immense contributions to reproductive biology and biotechnology, mathematics and physics, and visual arts the 2023 Kyoto Prize Laureates will travel to Japan in November this year for a ceremony celebrating their contributions to the betterment of humankind. 

Ryuzo Yanagimachi (Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology) has contributed to the elucidation of fertilisation mechanisms and the establishment of microinsemination technology

Ryuzo Yanagimachi, a pioneer in assisted fertilization technologies, demonstrated a method for in vitro fertilization in mammals, expanded insights into the fertilisation process, and further established microinsemination technology by developing and innovating the intracytoplasmic sperm injection. He has made significant contributions to the development of essential assisted reproductive technologies in modern society through both basic research and technological development.

Elliot H. Lieb (Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences) has pioneered mathematical research in physics, chemistry and quantum information science based on many-body physics

An intellectual giant in the field of mathematical sciences, Elliot H. Lieb, primarily through his achievements in many-body physics, established a foundation for mathematical research in fields such as physics, chemistry, and quantum information science. His contributions to the development of mathematical analysis are significant. 

Nalini Malani (Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy) is a contemporary artist from Global South who has faced the predicaments of the oppressed and contributed to the “decentralisation” of art

Nalini Malani, widely considered the pioneer of video art in India, has created phantasmagorical spaces with approachable art forms using various media such as videos, paintings, drawings, and installations, and pioneered artistic expression that brings the voices of the voiceless to more people. She is active globally as an artist from the Global South, contributing greatly to current trends reconsidering Western centrism in art.

About the Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize is an international award presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind.

The traditional Kyoto Prize Presentation Ceremony will take place in Kyoto, Japan in November where Commemorative Lectures by the three Laureates will be delivered. Details of these lectures will be announced in due course on the Kyoto Prize website.

Each laureate will receive a diploma, the Kyoto Prize medal (20K gold), and prize money of 100 million yen. The laureates will travel to San Diego in March 2024 for the Kyoto Prize Symposium, before travelling to Oxford for the Kyoto Prize at Oxford, scheduled for 7 and 8 May 2024 at the Blavatnik School of Government.