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Press Kit for the 2011 (27th) Japan Prize

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Dr. Dennis Ritchie and Dr. Ken Thompson Receive Prize for Information and Communications;
Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto and Dr. Toshio Hirano Receive Prize for Bioscience and Medical Science

 

2011 (27th) Japan Prize

In 2011, the Japan Prize was awarded in the field of Information and Communications to Dr. Dennis M. Ritchie and Dr. Ken L. Thompson for the development of the UNIX operating system and in the field of Bioscience and Medical Science to Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto and Dr. Toshio Hirano for their discovery of interleukin 6 (IL-6) and its application in treating diseases.

Information and Communications
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Dr. Dennis M. Ritchie (USA)
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Emeritus, Bell Labs
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Profile Award Citation

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Dr. Ken L. Thompson (USA)
Distinguished Engineer at Google Inc.
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Profile Award Citation

Bioscience and Medical Science
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Dr. Toshio Hirano, M.D., Ph.D. (Japan)
Dean of the Graduate School of Medicine at Osaka University.
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Profile Award Citation

Videos for the 2011 (27th) Japan Prize

Press Conference, announcing the 2011 (27th) Japan Prize Laureates

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2011 (27th) Japan Prize Presentations

In light of the aftermath of Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, The Japan Prize Foundation decided to call off the Japan Prize Presentation Ceremony, the Banquet and all the related events. Despite the cancellation, The Japan Prize Foundation, with the help of related parties, presented the certificates of merit and the prize medals to the laureates in person, in separate ceremonies held in the U.S. and Japan.

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Dr. Ritchie
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Dr. Thompson
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Dr. Kishimoto
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Dr. Hirano

April 20, 2011, Hotel New Otani Osaka
Award Presentation to Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto and Dr. Toshio Hirano

Key figures on hand:

- President, Dr. Masao Ito and Mrs. Ito
- Chairman, Prof. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa and Mrs. Yoshikawa

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President Ito and Dr. Kishimoto (right)
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Chairman Yoshikawa and Dr. Hirano (right)
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Dr. Hirano and Dr. Kishimoto (right)
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Back row from right to left: President Ito and his wife, Chairman Yoshikawa and his wife Front row from right to left: Dr.Kishimoto and his wife, Dr.Hirano and his wife

May 17, 2011, Auditorium of Google headquarters, Mountain View, California
Award Presentation to Dr. Ken L. Thompson

Key figures on hand

Google Inc.:
Vice President, Dr. Vinton Cerf (2008 Japan Prize Laureate)
Senior Vice President, Dr. Bill Coughran

Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco:
Deputy Consul General, Mr. Michio Harada

The Japan Prize Foundation:
Chairman, Prof.Hiroyuki Yoshikawa and Mrs. Yoshikawa
Senior Executive Director, Mr. Ken Shimba

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From left to right: Mr. Harada, Dr. Cerf, Dr. Coughran, Mrs. Thompson, Dr. Thompson, Mrs. Yoshikawa, Prof. Yoshikawa
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Dr. Thompson and Chairman Yoshikawa
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Mr. Steve Wozniak (left) guides the guests at the Computer History Museum
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Dr. Cerf (left), Mr. Larry Page, CEO of Google Inc (center), Chairman Yoshikawa (right)

May 19, 2011, Auditorium of Bell Labs headquarters, Murray Hill, New Jersey
Award Presentation to Dr. Dennis Ritchie

Key figures on hand:

Bell Labs:
President, Dr. Jeong Kim

Consulate-General of Japan in New York:
Consul General, Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki

The Japan Prize Foundation:
Chairman, Prof. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa and Mrs. Yoshikawa
Senior Executive Director, Mr. Ken Shimba

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From left to right: Chairman and Mrs. Yoshikawa, Dr. Ritchie, President Kim
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Dr. Ritchie and Chairman Yoshikawa
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Dr. Ritchie (second from right) with colleagues and Bell Labs alumni, Dr. Aho (left), Dr. Kernighan (second from left) and Dr. McIlroy (far right)
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Dr. Ritchie at an interview
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