On June 10, the Inamori Foundation announced that mathematical biologist Simon A. Levin of Princeton University would receive the 2005 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences. The Kyoto Prize is presented annually for extraordinary lifelong achievement in the areas of advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy. One of the highest international awards for service to science and culture, the prize carries a monetary award of 50 million Japanese yen (around US$500,000). A news release is available on the Inamori Foundation web site. Among the previous recipients of the Kyoto Prize are I. M. Gelfand, Mikhael Gromov, Kyosi Ito, Rudolf Kalman, Donald Knuth, John McCarthy, Claude Shannon, and André Weil.