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Penn State Biologist Is Among 3 Winners of 2013 Kyoto Prizes

An evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University is among the three winners of the Kyoto Prizes for 2013, the Inamori Foundation announced on Friday. The honors, which are awarded annually in three categories, are worth about $511,000 this year. They recognize “people who have contributed significantly to the progress of science, the advancement of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit.”

The winners are Penn State’s Masatoshi Nei, in the basic-sciences category; Robert H. Dennard, who is a researcher with the IBM Corporation, in the advanced-technology category; and Cecil Taylor, a renowned jazz pianist, in the arts-and-philosophy category.

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