Three foreigners win Kyoto Prize

Kyodo

The Inamori Foundation said Friday it will award the 2004 Kyoto Prize to three foreigners.

The foundation, headed by Kyocera Corp. Honorary Chairman Kazuo Inamori, has awarded the annual Kyoto Prize since 1985 to people who have contributed greatly to the progress of science, the advancement of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit.

Sixty-two people, including eight Japanese, and one group have received the prize.

This year’s recipients include American Alan Curtis Kay, the 64-year-old winner of the advance technology prize, conceived of a PC that was easy to use, even by children, in the late 1960s, during the height of mainframe computer development, and developed a prototype in 1973, the foundation said.

The second 2004 Kyoto Prize laureate is Alfred George Knudson, an 81-year-old American whose pioneering work helped develop the theory of the tumor suppressor gene in the process of human carcinogenesis.

The third winner is Juergen Habermas, a 74-year-old German who has made contributions in the field of social philosophy.