Laureates of the Japan Prize

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

2019
(35th)

Materials and Production photo Prof. Yoshio Okamoto (1941 -) Leading contributions to precision synthesis of helical polymers and development of practical chiral materials for separating chiral drugs
[Japan] University Professor of Nagoya University,
Chair Professor of Harbin Engineering University, China
Biological Production, Ecology photo Prof. Rattan Lal (1944-) Sustainable soil management for global food security and mitigation of climate change
[USA] Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science
Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
The Ohio State University
         

2018
(34th)

Lectures

Lectures

Resources, Energy, Environment and Social Infrastructure photo Dr. Akira Yoshino (1948 -) Development of lithium ion batteries
[Japan] Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corporation
Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Meijo University
Medical Science and Medicinal Science photo Dr. Max D. Cooper (1933-) 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
photo Dr. Jacques Miller (1931 -)
[Australia] Professor Emeritus, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
         

2017
(33rd)

Lectures

Lectures

Electronics, Information and Communication photo Dr. Adi Shamir (1952 -) Contribution to information security through pioneering research on cryptography
[Israel] Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science
Life Science photo Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier (1968-) Elucidation of the genome editing mechanism by the CRISPR-Cas (Joint Award)
[France] Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (Berlin)
photo Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna (1964 -)
[USA] Professor, University of California, Berkeley
         

2016
(32nd)

Lectures

Lectures

Materials and Production Photo Dr. Hideo Hosono (1953-) Creation of unconventional inorganic materials with novel electronic functions based on nano-structure engineering
[Japan]Professor, Materials and Structures Laboratory,
Founding director, Materials Research Center for Element Strategy,
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Biological Production and Biological Environment Photo Dr. Steven D. Tanksley (1954-) Contribution to modern crop breeding through research on development of molecular genetic analysis
[USA]Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
         

2015
(31st)

Lectures

Lectures

Resources, Energy and Social Infrastructure photo Dr. Yutaka Takahasi (1927-) Contribution to development of innovative concept on river basin management and reduction of water-related disasters
[Japan] Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Medical Science and Medicinal Science photo Dr. Theodore Friedmann (1935-) Proposal of the concept of gene therapy and its clinical applications (Joint Award)
[USA] Professor of Pediatrics University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
photo Prof. Alain Fischer (1949-)
[France] Professor at Collège de France
Director of Institut Imagine, Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades
         

2014
(30th)

Lectures

Lectures

Electronics, Information and Communication Photo Dr. Yasuharu Suematsu (1932-) Pioneering research on semiconductor lasers for high-capacity long-distance optical fiber communication
[Japan]Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Life Science Photo Dr. C. David Allis (1951-) Discovery of histone modifications as fundamental regulators of gene expression
[USA]Joy and Jack Fishman Professor, The Rockefeller University
         

2013
(29th)

Lectures

Lectures

Materials and Production photo Prof. C. Grant Willson (1939-) Development of chemically amplified resist polymer materials for innovative semiconductor manufacturing process (Joint Award)
[USA] Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Rashid Engineering Regent Chair The University of Texas at Austin
photo Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet (1944-)
[USA] Vice- President for Research
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Biological Production and Biological Environment photo Dr. John Frederick Grassle(1939-2018) Contribution to marine environmental conservation through research on ecology and biodiversity of deep-sea organisms
[USA] Professor Emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
         
2012
(28th)
lectures
Environment, Energy and Infrastructure Photo Dr. Masato Sagawa (1943-) Developing the world's highest performing Nd-Fe-B type permanent magnet and contributing to energy conservation
[Japan] President, Intermetallics Co., Ltd.
Healthcare and Medical Technology Photo Dr. Janet D. Rowley (USA) (1925-2013) Development of a new therapeutic drug targeting cancer-specific molecules
(Joint Award)
[USA] Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics, The University of Chicago
Photo Dr. Brian J. Druker (1955-)
[USA] Professor and Director of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
Photo Dr. Nicholas B. Lydon (1957-)

[USA] Founder and Director Blueprint Medicines

         
2011
(27th)
Information and Communications Photo Dr. Dennis M. Ritchie (1941-2011) Development of the operating system, UNIX (Joint Award)
[USA] Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Emeritus, Bell Labs
Photo Dr. Ken L. Thompson (1943-)
[USA] Distinguished Engineer, Google Inc.
Bioscience and Medical Science Photo Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto (1939-) Discovery of interleukin-6 and its application in treating diseases (Joint Award)
[Japan] Emeritus Professor, Osaka University
Photo Dr. Toshio Hirano (1947-)
[Japan] Professor, Osaka University
         
2010
(26th)
lectures
Industrial Production and Production Technology Photo Prof. Shun-ichi Iwasaki (1926-) Contributions to high-density magnetic recording technology by the development of a perpendicular magnetic recording method
[Japan] Director, Tohoku Institute of Technology Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University
Biological Production and Environment Photo Prof. Peter Vitousek (1949-) Contributions to solving global environmental issues based on the analysis of nitrogen and other substances' cycles
[USA] Professor of Biology, Stanford University
         

More about the Laureates

30 Years of Japan Prize

page top