Explore the Mapping of the Cosmos on March 25 with Pioneering Astrophysicist James Gunn, broadcast by the UC San Diego Kyoto Prize Symposium.

SAN DIEGO – (BUSINESS SON) – The University of California San Diego will host an international leader in astrophysics, Professor James E. Gunn on March 25, 16-5: 30 pm PDT, as part of the annual Kyoto Award Symposium. Originally planned as a series of concert lectures in 2020, the 2021 Symposium has been redesigned to eliminate the risk of coronavirus by presenting the latest winners of the Kyoto Award in live video events free and public.

Gunn’s discussion will be moderated by Dr. Alison Coil, Professor of Physics, and Ingrid and Joseph W. Hibben Chair, Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, UC San Diego. The event will feature Professor Gunn’s lecture from the latest Kyoto Award ceremony in Japan, after which Professors Gunn and Coil will discuss current developments in astrophysics and cosmology. Anyone interested in attending this free live stream is encouraged registers before March 25th at http://kyotoprizesymposium.eventbrite.com to make sure you get login instructions well in advance of the event.

Gunn is an emeritus Eugene Higgins Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University. He led the pioneering Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) from its hardware project phase, beginning in 1992 and continuing through two decades of refining and research. SDSS, which produced a three-dimensional digital cosmic map spanning a vast part of the observable universe, is regarded as one of the most ambitious and influential surveys in the history of astronomy. Gunn played a key role in the project, including concept, planning, instrument development, and data analysis, and contributed to the elucidation of the evolution of galaxies through outer time. He also published many pioneering astrophysics theories. A key contributor to scientific understanding of the universe, Gunn is a member of the American National Academy of Sciences. He has been honored with the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy, Gruber Prize in Cosmology, National Medal of Science, and most recently the Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement.

In addition to Gunn, the Kyoto Award Symposium 2021 includes lectures by a director Ariane Mnouchkine, Kyoto Prize winner for Arts and Philosophy, March 24 from 15:30 to 17:00 PDT; and OLED pioneer Ching W. Tang, Kyoto Award for Advanced Technology, March 25 from 2 to 3:30 pm PDT. For more information and event registration, please visit http://kyotoprizesymposium.eventbrite.com.

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About the Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize is an international award created in 1984 by the Japanese non-profit Inamori Foundation to honor those who have made an important contribution to the scientific, cultural and spiritual development of mankind. The award consists of a gold medal, a diploma and a cash prize of 100 million yen (more than $ 900,000) per prize, presented during annual ceremonies every November 10 in Kyoto, Japan. The Kyoto Award Symposium, co-hosted by UC San Diego and Point Loma University of Nazareth, brings the latest Kyoto awardees to North America each year in March, followed by the University of Oxford’s annual Kyoto Award at Oxford events in the UK in May. Since 1985, the Kyoto Award has been given to 111 extraordinary individuals from 17 countries.