Laureates of the Japan Prize


Yutaka Takahasi, Ph.D.

2015 Japan Prize Laureate

Resources, Energy and Social Infrastructure
Contribution to development of innovative concept on river basin management and reduction of water-related disasters
Commemorative Lecture
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: January 28, 1927
Academic Degrees:
1950 University of Tokyo, B.E. in Engineering
1964 University of Tokyo, Ph.D. in Engineering
Professional Career:
1955 Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
1961 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
1968 Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
1987 Professor emeritus, University of Tokyo
1987-1998 Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology
2000-2010 Senior Academic Adviser, United Nations University
La Société Franco Japonaise des Technique Industrielles
Association for Rainwater Storage and Infiltration Technology
Natural environment Coexistence Technology Association
Major Publications:
  1. Yutaka Takahasi, Gradual alteration in the flow characteristics of the Chikugo-river flood, Report of the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, 5, 3, 1955.
  2. Yutaka Takahasi, The change of country and flood (in Japanese), Iwanami Shoten, Publishers, 1971
  3. Yutaka Takahasi, City and Water (in Japanese), Iwanami Shoten, Publishers, 1988
  4. Yutaka Takahasi, River Engineering (in Japanese), 311p, University of Tokyo Press, 1990.
  5. Yutaka Takahashi, Characteristics, Meanings and Countermeasures for Cyclone Disaster in Bangladesh, in Report on filed study and investigations on the damage caused by the cyclone in Bangladesh in 29-30 April 1991, UNCRD, p.95-108, 1991.
  6. Festschrift in Honor of Yutaka Takahasi, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 25, 3, 2009.
Major Awards:
  • 1978 Nepal Suprabal Gorakha Dakshin Bafu
  • 1981 L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, Chevalier (France)
  • 1987 National Land Agency Achievement Award for Water Resources
  • 1994 Meijimura Award
  • 1998 JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers) Achievement Award
  • 2000 IWRA (International Water Resources Association) Crystal Drop Award
  • 2007 The Order of the Sacred Treasure, second class
  • 2011 JAGH (Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology) Academic Award

(As of January 2015)

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