Laureates of the Japan Prize


Prof. Dr. Jozef S. Schell

1998 (14th) Japan Prize Laureate

Biotechnology in Agricultural Sciences
Establishment of the theory and method of the production of transgenic plants
Commemorative Lecture
Plant Biology in The Service of Mankind and His Envilonment
Nationality: Belgium
Date of Birth: July 20 1935
Academic Degrees:
1957 Graduated from Rijksuniversiteit Gent
1960 Ph.D. from Rijksuniversiteit Gent
Professional Career:
1967-70 Associate Professor and Director Laboratory of General Genetics, Rijksuniversiteit Gent
1970-78 Full Professor and Director Laboratory of General Genetics, Rijksuniversiteit Gent 1972- Extraordinary Professor of Free University, Brussels
1978-Present Director, Department of Genetic Principles of Plant Breeding Max-Planck-Institut fuer Zuechtungsforschung, Germany
1978-94 Extraordinary Professor of Rijksuniversiteit Gent
1994-Present Professor of Collége de France, Paris, France
Title: Director, Department of Genetic Principles of Plant Breeding, Max-Planck-Institute für Züechtungsforschung, Germany
Major Publications and Scientific Papers:
  1. Van Larebeke, N., Engler, G., Holsters, M., Van Den Elsacker, S., Zaenen, I., Schilperoort, R.A., and Schell, J.Large plasmid in Agrobacterium tumefaciens essential for crown-gall-inducing ability. Nature 252, 169-170 (1974)
  2. Genetello, C., Van Larebeke, N., Holsters, M., Depicker, A., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J.Ti-plasmid of Agrobacterium as conjugative plasmids. Nature 265, 561-563 (1977).
  3. Hernalsteens, J.P., Van Vliet, F., De Beuckeleer, M., Depicker, A., Engler, G., Lemmers, M., Holsters, M., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J.The Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti plasmid as a host vector system for introducing foreign DNA in plant cells. Nature 287, 654-656 (1980)
  4. Otten, L., De Greve, H., Hernalsteens, J.P., Van Montagu, M., Schieder, O., Straub, J., and Schell, J.Mendelian transmission of genes introduced into plants by the Ti plasmids of Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Mol. Gen. Genet. 183, 209-213 (1981)
  5. Caplan, A., Herrera-Estrella, L., Inze, D., Van Haute, E., Van Montagu, M., Schell, J., and Zambryski, P.Introduction of genetic material into plant cells. Science 222, 815-821 (1983)
  6. Herrera-Estrella, L., Depicker, A., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J.Expression of chimaeric genes transferred into plant cells using a Ti plasmid-derived vector. Nature 303, 209-213 (1983).
  7. De La Pena, A., Lorz, H., and Schell, J.Transgenic rye plants obtained by injecting DNA into young floral tillers. Nature 325, 274-276 (1987)
  8. Zambryski, P., TempE, J., and Schell, J.Transfer and function of T-DNA genes from Agrobacterium Ti and Ri plasmids in plants. Cell 56, 193-201 (1989)
  9. Jach, G., Goernhardt, B., Mundy, J., Logemann, J., Pinsdorf, E., Leah, R.,Schell, J., and Maas, C.Enhanced quantitative resistance against fungal disease by combinatorial expression of different barley antifungal proteins in transgenic tobacco. Plant J. 8, 97-109 (1995)
  10. Toepfer, R., Martini, N., and Schell, J.Modification of plant lipid synthesis. Science 268, 681-686 (1995)
  11. Szekeres, M., Nemeth, K., Koncz-Kalman, Z., Mathur, J., Kauschmann, A., Altmann, T., Redei, G.P., Nagy, F., Schell, J., and Koncz, C. Brassinosteroids rescue the deficiency of CYP 90, a cytochrome P450, controlling cell elongation and de-etiolation in Arabidopsis. Cell 85, 171-182 (1996)
  12. Ichikawa, T. Suzuki, Y., Czaja, I., Schommer, C., Lessnick, A., Schell, J., and Walden R..Identification and role of adenyl cyclase in auxin signaling in higher plants. Nature, in press (1997)
Major Awards:
  • Francqui-prize, Belgium
  • Mendel-Medal of the Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • Otto Bayer-Prize of the Otto Bayer-Stiftung
  • Alexandre von Humboldt Prize of the Ministry of Research and Technology,France
  • Rank Prize for Nutrition, U.K.
  • IBM Europe Science and Technology Prize
  • Wolf Prize, Israel
  • Australia Prize
  • 1 iere Grande Medaille de l'Academie des Sciences, Paris, France
Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies:
  • Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Halle, Germany
  • National Academy of Sciences, USA
  • Indian National Science Academy
  • Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
  • Scientific Councillor of International Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology,Brussels-Leuven, Belgium
  • Board of Governors, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Chairman AMICA Science EEIG
  • Academia Europea, London, U.K.
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • European Molecular Biology Organization
  • American Society of Plant Physiologists

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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