Dr. Mayor answered a fundamental age-old question of astronomy regarding the existence of exoplanets. He discovered the orbiting Sun–like star through “his continuous refinement and improvement of observation technology, including the development of a series of spectrographs”, the Kyoto Prize said.
Prof. Dr. Mayor is the third Swiss to receive the Kyoto Prize. The 2002 Nobel Prize winner Kurt Wütrich was the first Laureate in 1998 (Advanced Technology Category) , and the late Prof. Walter Jakob Gehring was the second in 2000 (Basic Sciences Category.)
The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The Prize is presented annually in the three categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy.