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Humboldtian Receives Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences

Humboldt research fellow László Lovász honoured for outstanding contribution to mathematics.

László Lovász
László Lovász
Foto: Inamori Foundation

Hungarian mathematician László Lovász has been awarded this year’s Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences. Born in 1948, László Lovász is the Director of the Mathematical Institute at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. In the words of the selection committee, he had been awarded the prize, which is valued at 50 million Yen (approx. 450,000 EUR), for his outstanding contribution to the mathematical sciences. The 62 year-old’s research had provided a link between various branches of mathematics.

From 1984 to 1985, László Lovász spent 12 months working as a Humboldt Research Fellow alongside Bernhard Korte at the Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics at the University of Bonn.

The Kyoto Prize is awarded annually in three categories: Basic Sciences, Advanced Technology, and Arts and Philosophy. This year’s prize for advanced technology went to the Japanese physician and stem cell pioneer, Shinya Yamanaka; South African artist, William Kentridge, was awarded the prize for art and philosophy.

Established in 1994 by the founder of the Japanese technology enterprise Kyocera, Kazuo Inamori, the Kyoto Prize is one of the leading cultural and scientific awards. It is granted annually by the Inamori Foundation.

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