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Kyoto Prize Symposium
Reporting by Regina Ip.
The Presentation Ceremony of the 2012 Kyoto Prize was held on November 10th at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Japan. All photos courtesy of Kyoto Prize USA except as noted.

Brings Three Global Scholars to San Diego
A unique international event is celebrated each year in San Diego. The Kyoto Prize Symposium is a three-day celebration that is comprised of an opening night, gala and three lectures by this year’s Kyoto Prize laureates.

About the Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize is a Japanese lifetime achievement award given to three scholars in one of three categories— advanced technology, basic sciences or arts and philosophy. The prize is awarded annually to “those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind.”

The awards, considered by some as the Japanese version of the Nobel Prize, were announced in a ceremony in Japan in November 2012. Laureates receive academic honors, a commemorative gold medal and a cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately $600,000).

The Kyoto Prize was established by a Japanese entrepreneur and philanthropist named Dr. Kazuo Inamori who established a major part of his company, Kyocera Corporation, in San Diego.

A number of San Diego business leaders established a symposium celebration in San Diego to honor the laureates at several universities in San Diego. In addition, the symposium seeks to encourage high school students in San Diego and Tijuana to excel in their chosen fields by offering scholarships.

A “historic” photo of Dr. Sutherland in 1962 demonstrating his Sketchpad graphical interface program. He is now widely known as the father of computer graphics.
Opening Night

San Diego Opera director Ian Campbell will emcee the opening ceremony and gala at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on March 12. Gala tickets cost $300 per person or $3,000 per table.

The Kyoto Symposium Organization is currently looking for more sponsors for the event, according to executive director Richard H. Davis. The ceremony will also recognize the high school scholarship winners of the Kyoto Prize Symposium. The recipients of the scholarship, which awards up to $10,000 for high school seniors, will have an opportunity to meet with the Kyoto laureates.

Inspiring Lectures

The symposium will begin on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University on March 12 for opening press events. Then, each laureate will give lectures, which are free to the public but require registration, on their field of work.

“We expect the audience and especially the students to be inspired by the laureates,” Davis said. “We want everyone to enjoy it.” The organization plans to pay for bus transportation for up to 1,000 high school students from Tijuana and throughout San Diego County to attend the lectures.

On March 13, American computer scientist Ivan Sutherland will speak at San Diego State University and biology researcher Yoshinori Ohsumi will speak at UC San Diego. On March 14, intellectual and activist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak will speak at University of San Diego.

American computer scientist, Dr. Ivan Sutherland, was awarded the 2013 Kyoto Prize in Tokyo, and will be speaking at San Diego State University on March 13.

American computer scientist, Dr. Ivan Sutherland, 74, is a 2012 Kyoto Prize laureate in the “Advanced Technology” category.
Inventor of the First “Mouse”

Dr. Ivan Sutherland is known as the “father of computer graphics.” He developed a graphical interface program in 1963 which used a pointing device on the screen. This interactive interface was years ahead of its time. Once he was asked, “How could you possibly have done the first interactive graphics program, the first non-procedural programming language, the first object oriented software system, all in one year?” With his eyes twinkling and an impish grin, Sutherland replied, “Well, I didn’t know it was hard.”

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