American Internet Pioneer Wins Kyoto Prize -- An American internet pioneer has been awarded Japan’s highest prize for global achievement.  

The Inamori Foundation honored computer scientist, Ivan Sutherland, with the Kyoto Prize in Japan on Saturday. The organization cited his contributions to computer graphics technology and his invention of the Sketchpad.

Sutherland’s invention in the 1960s transformed the way people interact with computers.

The Foundation also awarded an Indian literary critic with the arts and philosophy prize. A Japanese molecular cell biologist took home the prize in the science category for developing a cell recycling system that could be used to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer.

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