Laureates of the Japan Prize

Name (b.-d.) Photo Field Achievements Year
[Nationality]Affiliation (Titles at the time)

Dr. Timothy R. Parsons (1932-) Photo Marine Biology Contribution to the development of biological / fisheries oceanography and for conservation of fishery resources and marine environment 2001
(17th)
lectures
[Canada] Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
Dr. W. Wesley Peterson (1924-2009) Photo Information Technologies Establishment of coding theory for reliable digital communication, broadcasting and storage 1999
(15th)
lectures
[USA] Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Dr. Xavier Le Pichon (1937-) Photo Earth Science Initiation of the theory of plate tectonics and contributions to its development 1990
(6th)
lectures
[France] Directeur du Départment de Géologie, Ecole Normale Supérieure
Dr. William Hayward Pickering (1910-2004) Photo Aerospace Technologies Inspirational leadership in unmanned lunar and planetary exploration, and for pioneering achievements in the development of spacecraft and deep space communications 1994
(10th)
lectures
[USA] Professor Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology
Dr. John R. Pierce (1910-2002) Photo Information and Communications Outstanding achievement in the field of electronics and communications technologies 1985
(1st)
lectures
[USA] Professor Emeritus at Stanford University
Prof. Ernest John Christopher Polge
(1926-2006)
Photo Science and Technology for Biological Production Discovery of method of the cryopreservation of semen and embryos in farm animals 1992
(8th)
lectures
[UK] The Scientific Director of Animal Biotechnology Cambridge Ltd.
Dr. Frank Press (1924-) Photo Safety Engineering and Disaster Mitigation Development of modern seismology and advancement of international cooperation in disaster science 1993
(9th)
lectures
[USA] President of U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Dennis M. Ritchie (1941-2011) Photo Information and Communications Development of the operating system, UNIX 2011
(27th)
[USA] Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Emeritus, Bell Labs
Dr. Frank Sherwood Rowland (1927-2012) Photo Environmental Science and Technology Studies on the mechanisms of stratospheric ozone depletion by chlorofluorocarbons 1989
(5th)
lectures
[USA] Profesor at University of California, Irvine
Dr. Janet D. Rowley (1927-2013) Photo Healthcare and Medical Technology Development of a new therapeutic drug targeting cancer-specific molecules 2012
(28th)
lectures
[USA] Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics, The University of Chicago
Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti (1940-) Photo Cell Biology Fundamental contribution in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion 2005
(21st)
lectures
[USA] Distinguished Professor, The Burnham Institute
Dr. Masato Sagawa (1943-) Photo Environment, Energy and Infrastructure Developing the world's highest performing Nd-Fe-B type permanent magnet and contributing to energy conservation 2012
(28th)
lectures
[Japan] President, Intermetallics Co., Ltd.
Prof. Dr. Jozef S. Schell (1935-2003) Photo Biotechnology in Agricultural Sciences Establishment of the theory and method of the production of transgenic plants 1998
(14th)
lectures
[Belgium] Director, Department of Genetic Principles of Plant Breeding, Max-Planck-Institute für Züechtungsforschung, Germany
Dr. Adi Shamir (1952 -) Photo Electronics, Information and Communication Contribution to information security through pioneering research on cryptography

2017
(33rd)

Lectures

[Israel] Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science
Dr. Jack L. Strominger (1925-) Photo Molecular Recognition and Dynamics in Bioscience Elucidation of the three-dimensional structures of class I and class II human histocompatibility antigens and their bound peptides 1999
(15th)
lectures
[USA] Higgins Professor of Biochmistry, Harvard University
Dr. Yasuharu Suematsu (1932-) Photo Electronics, Information and Communication Pioneering research on semiconductor lasers for high-capacity long-distance optical fiber communication

2014
(30th)

Lectures

[Japan]Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Dr. Takashi Sugimura (1926-) Photo

Biotechnology in Medicine

Contribution to establishment of fundamental concept on causes of cancer

1997
(13th)
lectures
[Japan] President Emer itus of National Cancer Center and President of Toho University
Dr. Keith J. Sainsbury (1951-) Photo Food Production Based on Ecosystem Concepts Contributions to the understanding of shelf ecosystems and their sustainable utilization 2004
(20th)
lectures
[New Zealand] Senior Principal Research Scientist, Division of Marine Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Dr. Yutaka Takahasi (1927-) photo Resources, Energy and Social Infrastructure Contribution to development of innovative concept on river basin management and reduction of water-related disasters

2015
(31st)

Lectures

[Japan] Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Dr. Masatoshi Takeichi (1943-) Photo Cell Biology Fundamental contribution in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion 2005
(21st)
lectures
[Japan] Director of RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
Dr. Steven D. Tanksley (1954-) Photo Biological Production and Biological Environment Contribution to modern crop breeding through research on development of molecular genetic analysis

2016
(32nd)

Lectures

[USA]Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
Dr. Andrzej K. Tarkowski (1933-) Photo Developmental Biology Pioneering work on mammalian embryonic development 2002
(18th)
lectures
[Poland] Director of the Institute of Zoology, Warsaw University
Dr. Ken L. Thompson (1943-) Photo Information and Communications Development of the operating system, UNIX 2011
(27th)
[USA] Distinguished Engineer, Google Inc.
Dr. David Turnbull (1915-2007) Photo Materials Science and Technology Pioneering contributions to materials science with impact on new materials technology such as amorphous solids 1986
(2nd)
lectures
[USA] Professor at Harvard University

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