Honor Roll

Nobel Prize

Name Year Title Reason
Akira Suzuki 2010 Professor Emeritus For his work on the cross-coupling reaction of organic boron compounds using palladium as a catalyst. He reported this work in 1979 which had a massive impact on catalytic chemistry and material science, as well as organic synthetic chemistry. Since then Suzuki has developed a new research topic globally recognized as the ‘Suzuki Coupling Reaction.’ It is for this achievement that he is being awarded the prize. The reaction allows extensive universality and practicality, and has been used for the synthesis of many biologically active natural products, including pharmaceutical preparations.

Recipients of the Order of Culture

The prestigious Order of Culture Prize was established in 1937. This order is awarded to persons that have contributed to Japan’s art, literature, or culture. The order is conferred by the Emperor of Japan in person on Culture Day on November 3 each year.


Name Year Title Reason
Kingo MIYABE 1946 Professor Emeritus Botanical study
Akira SUZUKI 2010 Professor Emeritus Developing a chemical tool known as palladium-catalyzed cross-couplings for organic boron compounds

Designated as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese Government

The system for Persons of Cultural Merit was established in 1951 by the Law on Pensions for the Persons of Cultural Merit. The purpose is to honor persons of cultural merit by providing a special government-sponsored pension.


Name Year Title Reason
Shonen MATSUMURA 1954 Professor Emeritus Entomological study
Seiya ITO 1959 Professor Emeritus Phytopathological study of crop diseases and fungi
Tetsu SAKAMURA 1976 Professor Emeritus Plant-cell study of wheat chromosome and plant- physiological study of mold
Man-emon TAKAHASHI 1995 Professor Emeritus Genetic study of rice
Akira SUZUKI 2010 Professor Emeritus Developing a chemical tool known as palladium-catalyzed cross-couplings for organic boron compounds.

Recipients of The Japan Academy Prize

Name Year Title Reason
Yutaka KON 1934

Professor of Medicine

(Imperial Academy Prize)

Research on silver reaction of cells
Kinjiro KUNUGI 1939

Professor of Science

(Imperial Academy Prize)

Research on the theory of abstract spaces
Juro HORIUCHI 1940

Professor of Science

(Imperial Academy Prize)

Theoretical and experimental research on chemical kinetics
Ukichiro NAKAYA 1941

Professor of Science

(Imperial Academy Prize)

Physical investigations of snow
Seiji KAYA 1942

Professor of Science

(Imperial Academy Prize)

Magnetic studies of ferromagnetic crystals
Jun SUZUKI 1949 Professor of Science Studies on ultrabasic rocks and the ore-deposits accompanying them
Sajiro MAKINO 1958 Professor of Science Studies on chromosomes in animals
Teikichi FUKUSHI 1958 Professor of Agriculture Studies on insect transmission of plant virus diseases
Seijin NAGAO 1965 Professor of Agriculture Studies Studies on twelve linkage groups in rice
Manemon TAKAHASHI 1965 Assistant Professor of Agriculture Studies on twelve linkage groups in rice
Kotatsu FUJITA 1971 Professor of Letters Study of early ‘Pure Land Buddhism’
Yoshiaki ISHIZUKA 1975 Professor Emeritus Nutrio-physiological studies on the rice plant, and application to rice  production (joint research)
Akira TANAKA 1975 Professor of Agriculture Nutrio-physiological studies on the rice plant, and application to rice production (joint research)
Izumi YOKOYAMA 1981 Professor of Science Structure of volcanoes as disclosed by gravity anomaly distribution
Yoshio BAN 1984 Professor of Pharmacolog Studies of the synthesis of the indole group of alkaloids
Eishiro SHIKATA 1986 Professor of Agriculture Studies on plant viruses and viroids
Toshiro KINOSHITA 1993 Professor of Agriculture Genetical studies on the interaction between cytoplasmic and nuclear genomes, and the application of these studies to crop breeding
Eiko OHTSUKA 1996 Professor of Pharmacology Synthesis and functional studies on nucleic acids: synthetic c-Ha-ras gene and related subjects (joint research)
Taro MATSUNO 1997 Professor of Environmental Earth Science Elucidation of atmospheric dynamics in the stratosphere and mesosphere
Akira SUZUKI 2004 Professor Emeritus Studies on the development of new synthetic reactions using palladium catalysts (joint research)
Hiroshi KIDA 2005 Professor of Veterinary Medicine Studies on the control of influenza: mechanism of emergence of pandemic influenza virus strains in poultry, domestic animals and humans, and molecular basis of the neutralization of viral infectivity with antibodies

Updated on   June 19, 2015

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