Prize Laureates

Dr. John W. Cahn – Advanced Technology
Dr. John W. Cahn is a materials scientist who established the landmark theory of spinodal decomposition, supporting the development of new alloy materials.  He is an emeritus fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology and affiliate professor at University of Washington.



Dr. Rashid Sunyaev – Basic Sciences
Dr. Rashid Sunyaev is an astrophysicist and contributor to high-energy astronomy who proposed the theory that fluctuations in cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR) may be used to explore the expanding universe. Dr. Sunyaev is a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study ( in Princeton, New Jersey; director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (; and chief scientist at the Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (




Mr. Tamasaburo Bando V – Arts and Philosophy
Mr. Tamasaburo Bando V is an international theater performer and tate oyama, or leading Kabuki actor specializing in female roles. Tamasaburo is known as a creator of elegant beauty whose artistry crosses many genres of the performing arts.