Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Robert A. Weinberg

Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D.

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    11 November 1942 (78)

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2021 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Medical Science, Medicinal Science
  • Achievement:
    For their pioneering work in conceptualizing a multi-step model of carcinogenesis and its application and impact on improving cancer diagnosis and therapy
  • Lecture:
    Mechanisms of Malignant Progression

Award and Honor

1983 Robert Koch Foundation Prize
Warren Triennial Prize
1984 Bristol-Myers Award
Howard Taylor Ricketts Award,
1985 Golden Plate Award
1987 Sloan Prize
1992 Canada Gairdner International Award
1994 Harvey Prize
1996 Pasarow Award
Clowes Memorial Award
1997 National Medal of Science,
Keio Medical Science Prize
1999 Albert Einstein World Award
2004 Wolf Prize
2006 Landon-AACR Prize
2007 Warburg Medal
2013 Breakthrough Prize
2016 Salk Medal


1964 B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1969 Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional History

1972-1973 Research Associate, MIT
1973-1976 Assistant Professor, MIT
1976-1982 Associate Professor, MIT
1982- Professor, MIT
1982- Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
2006- Director, Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology, MIT

Key Publications

  • Shih, C., Shilo, B., Goldfarb, M.P., Dannenberg, A., and Weinberg, RA (1979) Passage of Phenotypes of Chemically Transformed Cells via Transfection of DNA and Chromatin. Proc. Nat'l. Acad. Sci., USA, 76: 5714-5718.
  • Tabin, C.J., Bradley, S.M., Bargmann, C.I., Weinberg, RA, Papageorge, A.G., Scolnick, E.M., Dhar, R., Lowy, D.R., and Chang, E.H. (1982) Mechanism of Activation of a Human Oncogene. Nature, 300: 143-149.
  • Land, H., Parada, L.F., and Weinberg, RA (1983) Tumorigenic Conversion of Primary Embryo Fibroblasts Requires at Least Two Cooperating Oncogenes. Nature, 304: 596-602.
  • Friend, S.H., Bernards, R., Rogelj, S., Weinberg, RA, Rapaport, J.M., Albert, D.M., and Dryja, T.P. (1986) A human DNA segment with properties of the gene that predisposes to retinoblastoma and osteosarcoma. Nature, 323: 643-646.
  • Yang, J., Mani, S.A., Liu Donaher, J., Richardson, A., Ramaswamy, S., Gitelman, I., and Weinberg, RA (2004) Twist, a master regulator of morphogenesis plays an essential role in tumor metastasis. Cell, 117:927-939.
  • Hanahan D and Weinberg RA (2011). Hallmarks of Cancer: The next generation, Cell 144(5) 646-674.
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