SAN DIEGO, CALIF. — March 2, 2011 —The Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Symposium Organization today announced that they will bring the 26th laureates of the Kyoto Prize — Japan’s highest private award for global achievement — to San Diego, April 4-6, 2011, for the tenth annual Kyoto Prize Symposium. Area universities will host the laureates at lecture events that are free and open to the public.

High school groups can request free transportation through the online group registration form.

The three-day symposium will open with a morning press conference at Point Loma Nazarene University, Monday, April 4; followed by the benefit gala, “The Kyoto Prize: Celebrating Outstanding Lifetime Achievement,” 5:30 p.m., at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. Public presentations by the laureates will follow April 5-6 at San Diego State University (SDSU); University of California, San Diego (UCSD); and University of San Diego (USD).

The 26th Kyoto Prize Laureates are:

•  In “Advanced Technology,” Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, 48 (citizenship: Japan).
Yamanaka is a medical scientist who developed a technology for producing induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells without using embryos — an achievement the San Francisco Chronicle reported as “likely to be the most important stem cell breakthrough of all time.” Yamanaka is a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease; professor at Kyoto University; and director of CiRA, Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application. He will speak at SDSU’s Montezuma Hall at Aztec Center, 9:30-11:00 a.m, Tuesday, April 5.

•  In “Basic Sciences,”  Dr. László Lovász, 62 (dual citizenship: Hungary and U.S.A.).
Considered one of the world’s most accomplished mathematicians, Lovász has made pioneering contributions to algorithms and graph theory, advancing the study of cryptography and large networks ranging from the World Wide Web to the human brain. He serves as director of the Mathematical Institute at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and president of the International Mathematical Union. He will speak at UCSD’s Price Center Ballrooms A & B at 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.

•  In “Arts and Philosophy,” Mr. William Kentridge, 55 (citizenship: South Africa).
Profiled on a recent “Time 100” listing of the world’s most influential people, Kentridge is known for his “drawings in motion,” which fuse traditional charcoal sketches with animation, video projection and stage design. With subject matter that often reflects the history and social circumstances of his native South Africa, his works have been described as “dazzling,” “enthralling” and “devastating.” He will speak at USD’s Shiley Theatre, 10:00-11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 6.

“The Kyoto Prize Symposium is an invaluable resource for our region — one that draws international attention to our high-tech, biotech and arts communities while providing incredible opportunities for our youth,” stated Malin Burnham, noted philanthropist and business leader, who co-founded the non-profit Kyoto Symposium Organization. “Students have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the brilliance of these laureates and to be inspired by their work and life stories. To make this experience accessible to as many young people as possible, we are offering free transportation to enable hundreds of high school students to attend the laureates’ presentations.”

The April 4 gala benefits several scholarship programs, including the 2011-2012 Kyoto Prize Scholarships, which will be presented to six high school seniors — three each from San Diego and Tijuana — in the categories of advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy. Valued at $10,000 each, these scholarships are given to students who have been motivated by the laureates to better society through their life’s work. Serving as the event’s honorary chair is Masashi Oka, president and CEO of Union Bank.

The Kyoto Prize
The Kyoto Prize is presented annually by the non-profit Inamori Foundation to individuals and groups worldwide who have made outstanding contributions to the betterment of humanity. Consisting of academic honors, a 20-karat gold medal and a cash gift of 50 million yen (about $600,000), it is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. The laureates are selected through a strict and impartial process considering candidates recommended from around the world. As of November 10, 2010, the Kyoto Prize has been awarded to 84 individuals and one foundationcollectively representing 15 nations. Kyoto Prize laureates range from scientists, engineers and researchers to philosophers, painters, architects, sculptors, musicians and film directors. The United States has produced the most recipients (34), followed by Japan (14), the United Kingdom (12), and France (8).

The Inamori Foundation
The non-profit Inamori Foundation was established in Kyoto, Japan, in 1984 by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, a humanitarian and founder of both Kyocera and KDDI Corporation. Dr. Inamori created the Kyoto Prize in 1985, in reflection of his belief that human beings have no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of society, and that mankind’s future can be assured only when there is a balance between science, technology and the human spirit.

The Kyoto Symposium Organization
The Kyoto Symposium Organization is a San Diego-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to support the Kyoto Prize Symposium and Kyoto Scholarship programs.

SAN DIEGO — (The Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Symposium Organization today announced that they will celebrate San Diego’s eleventh annual Kyoto Prize Symposium by showcasing the latest laureates of the Kyoto Prize — Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. The event begins March 20, 2012 with a scholarship benefit gala at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, and continues with free presentations that are open to the public, March 21-22, at area universities.

Dr. Irwin Jacobs, co-founder of QUALCOMM, will reprise his role as honorary chairman of the symposium, which is co-hosted by San Diego State University, UC San Diego, University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University.

“The Kyoto Prize Symposium serves as an extraordinary resource for the San Diego-Baja region and a source of inspiration for our youth,” stated David Doyle, chairman of the non-profit Kyoto Symposium Organization and partner of Morrison Foerster in San Diego. “Each year our community is enriched through the unique presentations given by the Kyoto Prize laureates — some of the world’s most brilliant scientists and innovative artists.”

Symposium Events Featuring the 27th Kyoto Prize Laureates

• In Advanced Technology: Dr. John W. Cahn, 84 (materials scientist; citizenship: U.S.), is an emeritus senior fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and affiliate professor at University of Washington. By establishing the theory of three-dimensional spinodal decomposition, Dr. Cahn made a landmark contribution to the materials sciences — facilitating the development of new metals, glass, semiconductors, and polymers with unprecedented characteristics. By taking trial and error out of the development process, Dr. Cahn’s theory has enabled scientists worldwide to solve the toughest engineering challenges, using “designer” materials with extreme properties of strength, thermal conductivity, pore permeability, heat resistance and magnetism. He will speak at San Diego State University, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21.

• In Basic Sciences: Dr. Rashid A. Sunyaev, 69 (astrophysicist; dual citizenship: Russia and Germany), will take guests on a “journey through time” to the very birth of our universe. Dr. Sunyaev serves as director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, chief scientist at the Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, and visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. As a young scientist, Dr. Sunyaev startled the world with his theory that observable fluctuations in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation are actually 13.7 billion-year-old echoes of the Big Bang. His theories remain at the foundation of today’s precise observational cosmology. NASA credited his work earlier this year in its discovery of “El Gordo”, the largest galaxy cluster in the early universe. He will speak at University of California San Diego, Price Center Ballrooms A and B, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21.

• In Arts and Philosophy: Tamasaburo Bando V, 61 (Kabuki actor; citizenship: Japan), demonstrates an elegant beauty that crosses the genres of performing arts.Tamasaburo is one of Japan’s most famous Kabuki actors, known for performingonnagata (female roles) in the all-male Kabuki tradition. He believes that Kabuki — and performing arts in general — must use live theatrical space to bring audiences into the illusions, ideals, and imagination of the actor. Beyond Kabuki, he has been featured by the Metropolitan Opera and has performed with renowned artists from around the globe. His films include Gekashitsu (The Operating Room), which he co-wrote and directed; and Andrzej Wajda’s Nastasja, in which he played both leading roles. He will speak at University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22.

Eight outstanding high school seniors will further benefit from the program through the 2012-2013 Kyoto Scholarships, which are given to students from San Diego and Tijuana who have been inspired by the laureates to better society through their life’s work. A total of $60,000 in scholarships will be presented in the categories of advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy. The benefit gala, “The Kyoto Prize: Celebrating Outstanding Lifetime Achievement,” funds the Kyoto Scholarship program and opens the Kyoto Prize Symposium at 5:30 p.m., March 20, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. Presiding as honorary gala chair is Masashi Oka, president and CEO of Union Bank.

The Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize is presented each year by Japan’s non-profit Inamori Foundation to individuals and groups worldwide who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the betterment of society, in “Advanced Technology,” “Basic Sciences,” and “Arts and Philosophy.” The prize consists of academic honors, a gold medal, and a cash gift of 50 million yen (about US$625,000) per category, making it Japan’s highest private award for global achievement.

The Inamori Foundation

The non-profit Inamori Foundation was established in Kyoto, Japan, in 1984 by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, a humanitarian and founder of both Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) and KDDI Corporation. Dr. Inamori created the Kyoto Prize in reflection of his belief that human beings have no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of society, and that mankind’s future can be assured only when there is a balance between science, technology and the human spirit.

The Kyoto Symposium Organization

The Kyoto Symposium Organization is a San Diego-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to support the Kyoto Prize Symposium and Kyoto Scholarship programs.