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Announcement of the 2024 Kyoto Prize Laureates

The Kyoto Prize 2024 goes to a Theoretical Physicist, a Geologist, and a Choreographer.

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Kyoto/London – The Inamori Foundation, established in 1984 by Kyocera founder Dr Kazuo Inamori, is pleased to announce the laureates of the 2024 Kyoto Prize, an international award presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind.

Each laureate will receive a diploma, the Kyoto Prize medal (20K gold), and prize money of 100 million yen (currently approx. €596,500). This year’s Prize goes to the following three individuals: John Pendry, Professor of Theoretical Solid State Physics at the Imperial College London, Paul F. Hoffman, Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria as well as Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Emeritus at Harvard University and William Forsythe, a choreographer.

Kyoto Prize Laureates 2024

Advanced technology: John Pendry


John Pendry theoretically demonstrated that materials with electromagnetic properties not found in nature, such as negative-refractive-index materials (metamaterials) can be realized by designing microstructures smaller than the wavelength of the target electromagnetic waves, thereby laying the groundwork for creating innovative materials such as “superlenses” with subwavelength resolution and “invisibility cloaks”.

Basic sciences: Paul F. Hoffman


Paul F. Hoffman has accomplished landmark achievements regarding snowball Earth and plate tectonics in Earth’s early history that led to the present surface environment teeming with diverse life. Based on geological evidence obtained over 50 years of extensive and precise field research in Arctic Canada and Africa.

Arts and philosophy: William Forsythe


William Forsythe radically questions and deconstructs the structure and style of traditional ballet to create new methodologies and aesthetics of theatrical dance. He continues to go beyond the conventional concept of choreography and to extend the potential of the art form using human bodies through various innovative works.

Source: Inamori Foundation

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    Inamori Foundation