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Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) Member to Receive 2002 Kyoto Prize in "Advanced Technology."
Published: July 10, 2002
Posted: July 19, 2002

The Inamori Foundation announced on June 21, 2002, that Dr. Leroy Edward Hood of Seattle, Washington, a member of DOE's BERAC, will receive the 2002 Kyoto Prize in "Advanced Technology" for outstanding contributions to biotechnology and medical technologies. The award will be made on November 10 in Kyoto, Japan, and will include a diploma, a Kyoto Prize gold medal, and cash gifts of 50 million yen approximately US $400,000. Dr. Leroy Edward Hood is currently the president and director of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He has played a crucial role in advancing the life sciences, contributing particularly to the successful mapping of the human genome during the 1990s a process originally predicted to require up to 100 years to complete. The analysis and understanding of amino acid sequences is essential to the field of molecular biology. Dr. Hood's success in developing automated instruments for the synthesis and determination of protein and DNA sequences constituted a milestone contribution to this field. In 1980, Dr. Hood developed an automatic peptide sequencer that was 100 times more sensitive than previous instruments. This dramatically reduced the time required for amino acid sequencing. The unveiling of his peptide and DNA synthesizers in 1984 was followed by the world's first automated fluorescence DNA sequencer in 1986 which served as a precursor to today's capillary DNA sequencers. Dr. Hood will be the sole American citizen honored this year with the Kyoto prize and the 25th American laureate in the 18 years during which this award has been made in the areas of "Advanced Technology," "Basic Sciences," and "Arts & Philosophy." Further information about the Kyoto Prize can be found at [website]

Contact: Peter Kirchner, SC-73, 3-9106
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Genomic Analysis and Systems Biology
  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition
  • Legacy: Human Genome Project (1990-2003)

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-73 Medical Sciences Division, OBER)


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