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International Prize for biology

Presentation Ceremony was held
in the presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress
on November 19th

The recipient of this year:
Dr. Andrew Herbert Knoll,
Fisher Professor of Natural History, Harvard University, USA
The 34th (2018) International Prize for Biology 1

On November 19th, a presentation ceremony for the 2018 International Prize for Biology was held at the Japan Academy in the presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Mr. Akira Sato, State Minister of Cabinet Office, and Mr. Masahiko Shibayama, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. At the ceremony, Dr. Andrew Herbert Knoll was presented the Prize of ten-million yen and a medal by Dr. Imura, Chair of the International Prize for Biology Committee, along with an Imperial gift from His Majesty the Emperor.


Congratulatory remarks were delivered by Prime Minister Abe (read by Mr. Sato), and Minister Shibayama. The ceremony ended with an acceptance address from Dr. Knoll. Following the ceremony, a reception honoring Dr. Knoll was held in the presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress.

  • The 34th (2018) International Prize for Biology 2

    Dr. Knoll, holding Imperial Gift with his spouse

  • The 34th (2018) International Prize for Biology 3

    Reception

International Prize for Biology

  The International Prize for Biology was instituted in April of 1985 by the Committee on the International Prize for Biology. It aims to commemorate the sixty-year reign of Emperor Showa and his longtime devotion to biological research and also to offer tribute to the present Emperor His Majesty Emperor Akihito, who has strived over many years to advance the study taxonomy of gobioid fishes while contributing continuously to the developing of this Prize. The award ceremony is held every year and Their majesties the Emperor are expected to be present.