Announcement of the 2017 Kyoto Prize Laureates


The Inamori Foundation (President: Kazuo Inamori) is pleased to announce the laureates of the 2017 Kyoto Prize, an international award presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind.  This year’s Prize goes to the following three individuals:

Advanced Technology (Field of Electronics)

Dr. Takashi Mimura, Semiconductor Engineer

Invention of the High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) and its development for the progress of information and communications technology.

Basic Sciences (Field of Biological Sciences)

Dr. Graham Farquhar, Plant Physiologist

Development of process-based models of photosynthesis and their contributions to the science of global environmental changes.

Arts and Philosophy (Field of Music)

Dr.  Richard Taruskin, Musicologist

A musicologist and critic of prodigious erudition who has transformed contemporary perspectives on music through historical research and essays that defy conventional critical paradigms.

The Kyoto Presentation Ceremony will be held in Kyoto, Japan on November 10, 2017.  Each laureate will receive a diploma, the Kyoto Prize medal (20K gold), and prize money of 50 million yen.

Please join us March 20-22, 2018 for the 2018 Kyoto Prize Symposium in San Diego.