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2 Americans, German Win Kyoto Prizes

Two U.S. scientists and a German philosopher have received prestigious Japanese awards for achievement in the arts and sciences Wednesday in Kyoto.

American Alan Kay received a Kyoto Prize for creating the concept of personal computing, while American Alfred Knudson was honored for his studies of cancer suppressant genes.

German Jurgen Habermas was given a Kyoto Prize for his achievements in social philosophy.

Each winner received a gold medal and nearly $500,000 in prize money.

The Kyoto Prizes are given out by the Inamori Foundation, which was set up in 1984 to honor those who strive for the greater good of society.

Some information for this report provided by AP.