Springer author Hirotugu Akaike to receive 2006 Kyoto Prize

June 19, 2006

Japanese statistical mathematician Dr. Hirotugu Akaike (78), professor emeritus at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan, will be honored with this year's Kyoto Prize in the Basic Sciences. Presented by the Inamori Foundation, it is Japan's highest private award for lifetime achievement and is bestowed on individuals and groups worldwide who have contributed significantly to humankind's betterment. Each laureate will receive a diploma, a Kyoto Prize Medal of 20-karat gold, and a cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately US $446,000) during a week of ceremonies beginning November 10, 2006, in Kyoto, Japan.

The 2006 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences focuses on the field of Mathematical Science. Dr. Akaike will receive the award for his contributions to statistical science and modeling by developing an information criterion known today as the Akaike Information Criterion (AIC). Starting in the early 1970s, Dr. Akaike explained the importance of modeling in analysis and forecasting. He formulated the AIC to facilitate selection of the most appropriate model from a number of different types of models. Ever since, the AIC has been exerting a powerful influence on the development of the information and statistical sciences.

Hirotugu Akaike was born in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan in 1927. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. Starting his career at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan in 1961, he served as Director General of the Institute from 1986 to 1994. At Springer he is the co-author of "Statistical Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems." The "Selected Papers of Hirotugu Akaike," published by Springer in 1998, contains 29 of his more than 140 original papers.
The Inamori Foundation was established in 1984 by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Kyocera Corporation. The Kyoto Prize was founded in 1985, in line with Dr. Inamori's belief that man has no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of society, and that mankind's future can be assured only when there is a balance between our scientific progress and our spiritual depth.


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