US scientist receives Kyoto Prize in technology

TOKYO (AP) — American scientist John W. Cahn has been awarded Japan’s annual Kyoto Prize for his work in materials science and alloys engineering.

Cahn, a professor at the University of Washington, is one of three recipients of the Kyoto Prize, which was established in 1985 and is Japan’s highest private award for lifetime achievement.

Cahn was presented with the advanced technology award and a cash gift of 50 million yen, or about $ 650,000, at a ceremony in Kyoto on Thursday, according to the Inamori Foundation.

Astrophysicist Rashid Sunyaev, a dual citizen of Russia and Germany, was awarded the basic sciences prize for his contributions in astronomy.

Tamasaburo Bando V, a Japanese Kabuki actor, was presented with the arts and philosophy prize.