US computer graphics scientist wins Kyoto Prize

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In this May 10, 2012 photo released by the Inamori Foundation, Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi, a molecular biologist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is shown. Ohsumi, 67, was awarded Japan's annual Kyoto Prize for his work in the basic sciences Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/The Inamori Foundation) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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TOKYO (AP) — An American regarded as a father of computer graphics, an Indian literary critic and a Japanese molecular cell biologist have received the Kyoto Prize, Japan's highest private award for global achievement.

The Inamori Foundation awarded its advanced technology prize on Saturday to U.S. computer scientist Ivan Sutherland, who developed the graphic interface program Sketchpad in 1963.

Gayatri Chakrovoty Spivak , an Indian literary critic and professor at Columbia University, won the arts and philosophy prize.

Yoshinori Ohsumi, a molecular biologist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, received the basic sciences prize for his work on autophagy, a cell-recycling system that could be used to help treat neurodegenerative and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and cancer.

The Kyoto-based Inamori Foundation was set up in 1984 by Kyocera Corp.'s founder, Kazuo Inamori.

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