Laureates of the Japan Prize

Name (b.-d.) Photo Field Achievements Year
[Nationality]Affiliation (Titles at the time)
Dr. C. David Allis (1951-) Photo Life Science Discovery of histone modifications as fundamental regulators of gene expression



[USA]Joy and Jack Fishman Professor, The Rockefeller University

Dr. Bruce N. Ames (1928-) Photo Biotechnology in Medicine Contribution to establishment of fundamental concept on causes of cancer 1997

[USA] Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Isao Arita (1926-) Photo Preventative Medicine The eradication of smallpox 1988
[Japan] Director, Kumamoto National Hospital
Dr. Peter Shaw Ashton (1934-) Photo Science and Technology of Harmonious
Contribution to the conservation of tropical forest 2007
[UK] Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry
Dr. Henry M. Beachell (1906-2006) Photo Improvement of Biological Functions Development of the IR8 and IR36 strains for rice breeding strategies geared to the tropical and subtropical zones 1987
[USA] Former head of the Plant Breeding Department at the International Rice Research Institute
Advisor to the Farms of Texas Company
Dr. Timothy John Berners-Lee (1955-) Photo Computing and Computational Science and Engineering Advancement of civilization through invention, implementation and deployment of the world wide web 2002
[UK] Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory for Computer Science, M.I.T.
Dr. Arvid Carlsson (1923-) Photo Psychology and Psychiatry Discovery of dopamine as a neurotransmitter and clarification of its role in mental and motor functions and their disorders 1994
[Sweden] Professor Emeritus, Gothenburg University
Dr. Vinton G.Cerf (1943-) Photo Information Communication Theory and Technology Creation of network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet 2008
[USA] Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.
Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier (1968-) Photo Life Science Elucidation of the genome editing mechanism by the CRISPR-Cas (Joint Award)



[France] Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (Berlin)
Dr. Max D. Cooper (1933-) Photo Medical Science and Medicinal Science Discovery of B and T lymphocyte lineages and its impact on understanding disease pathology and therapeutic development (Joint Award)



[USA] Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Dr. Elias James Corey (1925-) Photo Medicinal Science Pioneering contributions to the syntheses of prostaglandins and their related compounds which are of great therapeutic value 1989
[USA] Professor at Harvard University
Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna (1964 -) Photo Life Science Elucidation of the genome editing mechanism by the CRISPR-Cas (Joint Award)



[USA] Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Brian J. Druker (1955-) Photo Healthcare and Medical Technology Development of a new therapeutic drug targeting cancer-specific molecules 2012
[USA] Professor and Director of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Akira Endo (1933-) Photo The Development of Novel Therapeutic Concepts and Technologies The discovery of the statins and their development 2006
[Japan] Director, Biopharm Research Laboratories, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Joseph F. Engelberger (1925-2015) Photo

Systems Engineering for an Artifactual Environment

Establishment of the robot industry and creation of a techno-global paradigm


[USA] Chairman and Director, HelpMate Robotics Inc.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ertl (1936-) Photo Science and Technology of Material Interfaces Contributions to the new development of the chemistry and physics of solid surfaces 1992
[Germany] Director of Fritz-Haber Institute of Max Planck Society, Honorary Professor at the Free University Berlin and at the Technical University Berlin
Dr. Leo Esaki (1925-) Photo Generation and Design of New Materials Creating Novel Functions For the creation and realization of the concept of man-made superlattice crystals which lead to generation of new materials with useful applications 1998
[Japan] Former President, University of Tsukuba

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