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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[USA] Professor Emeritus at Stanford University
Prof. Ernest John Christopher Polge
Photo Science and Technology for Biological Production Discovery of method of the cryopreservation of semen and embryos in farm animals 1992
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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



[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
[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



[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

[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
[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



[Japan] Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Dr. Masatoshi Takeichi (1943-) Photo Cell Biology Fundamental contribution in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion 2005
[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



[USA]Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
Dr. Andrzej K. Tarkowski (1933-) Photo Developmental Biology Pioneering work on mammalian embryonic development 2002
[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
[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
[USA] Professor at Harvard University

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