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A Japanese architect, an American biologist and a French mathematician were awarded the Kyoto Prize, an annual international prize for contributions to the arts and sciences, at a ceremony held Sunday in the ancient capital.

Tadao Ando, 61, a famed architect and professor at the University of Tokyo, won the award in the arts and philosophy category for his unique architectural approach using concrete materials without coating or decoration, which expanded modern architecture, the sponsor, the Inamori Foundation said.

Leroy Hood, 64, an American biologist, was awarded the prize in the advanced technology category for his contribution to life sciences through the development of automated instruments for the determination of protein and DNA sequences and their syntheses, the foundation said.

Mikhael Gromov, 58, a French mathematician, won the prize in the basic sciences category. He pioneered a new field by adopting the idea of relativity in the field of geometry.

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