KYOTO — A Swiss scientist, a Japanese mathematician, and an American artist were awarded the 1998 Kyoto Prizes Tuesday at a special ceremony in Kyoto.

Sponsored by the Inamori Foundation, the annual Kyoto Prizes are awarded to select candidates in three separate fields: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Creative Arts and Moral Sciences.

Kurt Wuthrich, a biologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology who developed a new method for determining the conformations of proteins, is this year’s winner for advanced technology.

The prize for basic sciences this year went to Kiyoshi Ito, a mathematician and professor emeritus at Kyoto University who has contributed not only to mathematics theory but also physics, engineering and biology.

Nam June Paik, a South Korean-born American citizen who pioneered media art forms, was the recipient of the creative arts and moral sciences prize.

Each winner received a gold medal and 50 million yen in prize money.

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