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Announcement of the 2018 Kyoto Prize Laureates

Neuroscientist, Mathematician, Artist

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Kyoto/London – The Inamori Foundation is pleased to announce the laureates of the 2018 Kyoto Prize, an international award presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind. The Kyoto 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 100 million yen (approx. 770.000 €). This year’s Prize goes to the following three individuals: Dr. Karl Deisseroth, a US neuroscientist and Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Stanford University, Dr. Masaki Kashiwara, a Japanese mathematician and Project Professor, Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Kyoto University, and Ms. Joan Jonas, an artist and Professor Emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Karl Deisseroth for Advanced Technology is the youngest laureate ever in the history of the Kyoto Prize.

Dr. Karl Deisseroth


Dr. Karl 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 revolutionized the field of systems neuroscience enabling causal study of neuronal assembly activitiy and resulting function, beyond correlational studies.

Dr. Masaki Kashiwara


Dr. Masaki 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.

Ms. Joan Jonas


Ms. Joan Jonas created a new artistic form by integrating performance art and video art, and has evolved her original medium at the forefront of contemporary art continuously. 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, profoundly impacting artists of later generations.

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