JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE KYOTO PRIZE
(25% of all recipients)
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Listed below are recipients of the Kyoto Prize who were, or are, Jews (or of half-Jewish descent, as noted).  The Kyoto Prize is Japan's most prestigious international award for lifetime achievement in the arts and sciences.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY (34% of recipients)
  • Morris Cohen (1987)
  • John McCarthy 1 (1988)
  • Amos Joel, Jr. (1989)
  • Sydney Brenner (1990)
  • Michael Szwarc (1991)
  • Stanley Mazor (1997)
  • Zhores Alferov 2 (2001)
  • Morton Panish (2001)
  • Leonard Herzenberg (2006)
  • Richard Karp (2008)
  • John Cahn (2011)
  • Robert Langer (2014)
BASIC SCIENCES (23% of recipients)
  • Noam Chomsky (1988)
  • Israel Gelfand (1989)
  • André Weil (1994)
  • Walter Munk (1999)
  • Mikhael Gromov 3 (2002)
  • Simon Levin (2005)
  • Edward Witten (2014)
ARTS AND PHILOSOPHY (17% of recipients)
  • Sir Peter Brook (1991)
  • Sir Karl Popper (1992)
  • Roy Lichtenstein (1995)
  • György Ligeti (2001)
  • William Kentridge (2010)

NOTES
1. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father
; see Out of Their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists, by Dennis Shasha and Cathy Lazere (Copernicus/Springer-Verlag, New York, 1995, p. 23).
2. See The Encyclopedia of Russian Jewry, Biographies A-I, edited by Herman Branover (Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 1998, p. 37).   NB: This reference includes biographies of individuals who are both of  Jewish and of half-Jewish parentage, but does not generally specify which is, in fact, the case.  Alferov's father, Ivan Karpovich Alferov, was most likely not Jewish; his mother's maiden name was Anna Rosenblum.  See also biography in LENTA.RU, the second sentence of which translates as "His parents -  Ivan Karpovich and Anna Vladimirovna - a Belorussian and a Jewish woman, themselves came from the small town of Chashniki in Vitebsk Oblast."
3. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father; see Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century, by Masha Gessen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2009, p.108).


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