List of Nobel laureates affiliated with the University of Tokyo

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Eleven Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the University of Tokyo. The building pictured is Yasuda Auditorium.

The Nobel Prizes are awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Karolinska Institute, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee to individuals who make outstanding contributions in the fields of chemistry, physics, literature, peace, and physiology or medicine.[1] As of 2018, 16 Nobel laureates (including 9 alumni) have been associated with the University of Tokyo.

Summary[edit]

The University of Tokyo's number of Nobel laureates by category
Category Official Count Others with UTokyo related Total Remarks
Physics 4 3 7
Chemistry 1 - 1
Physiology or Medicine 1 2 3
Literature 2 - 2 Yasunari Kawabata is also the first Japanese Nobel laureate in Literature
Peace 1 - 1
Economic Sciences - 2 2
Total 9 7 16

Laureates[edit]

The following 9 Nobel laureates from the official list of the University of Tokyo,[2] they are all alumni too.

Year Image Laureate Relation Category Rationale
1968 Yasunari Kawabata 1938.jpg Yasunari Kawabata Alumnus Literature "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind".[3]
1973 Leo Esaki 1959.jpg Leo Esaki Alumnus; Ph.D. Physics "for their experimental discoveries regarding tunneling phenomena in semiconductors and superconductors, respectively" – shared with Ivar Giaever and Brian Josephson.[4]
1974 Eisaku Sato 1960.jpg Eisaku Satō Alumnus Peace "Prime Minister of Japan,"[5] "for his renunciation of the nuclear option for Japan and his efforts to further regional reconciliation" – shared with Seán MacBride.[6]
1994 Paris - Salon du livre 2012 - Kenzaburō Ōe - 003.jpg Kenzaburō Ōe Alumnus Literature "who with poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today".[7]
2002 Masatoshi Koshiba 2002.jpg Masatoshi Koshiba Alumnus; Ph.D. graduate
Faculty (1963-); honorary professor
Physics "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos" – shared with Raymond Davis Jr. and Riccardo Giacconi.[8]
2008 YoichiroNambu.jpg Yoichiro Nambu Alumnus; Ph.D. Physics "for the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics" – shared with Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa.[9]
2010 Nobel Prize 2010-Press Conference KVA-DSC 7398.jpg Ei-ichi Negishi Alumnus Chemistry "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis" – shared with Richard F. Heck and Akira Suzuki.[10]
2015 Takaaki Kajita 5171-2015.jpg Takaaki Kajita Ph.D. graduate
Faculty (1988-); honorary professor
Physics "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass" – shared with Arthur B. McDonald.[11]
2016 Nobel Laureates 1042 (30647248184).jpg Yoshinori Ohsumi Alumnus; Ph.D. graduate
Faculty (1977-1996)
Physiology or Medicine "for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy".[12]

Laureates with UTokyo related[edit]

Year Image Laureate Relation Category Rationale
1964 Charles Hard Townes-Nibib-2007-retouched.jpg Charles H. Townes Visit scholar Physics "for fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maserlaser principle" – shared with Nicolay Gennadiyevich Basov and Alexander Prokhorov.[13]
1965 Tomonaga.jpg Sin-Itiro Tomonaga Dissertation Ph.D. Physics "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles" – shared with Julian Schwinger and Richard Feynman.[14]
1990 Harry Markowitz Visit professor Economic Sciences "for their pioneering work in the theory of financial economics"– shared with Merton Miller and William F. Sharpe[15]
2003 Nobel Laureate Sir Anthony James Leggett in 2007.jpg Anthony James Leggett Visit professor Physics "for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids" – shared with Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov and Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg.[16]
2007 Leonid Hurwicz.jpg Leonid Hurwicz Visit professor Economic Sciences "for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory" – shared with Eric S. Maskin and Roger B. Myerson.[17]
2015 Satoshi Ōmura 5040-2015.jpg Satoshi Ōmura Dissertation Ph.D. Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasitess" – shared with William C. Campbell and Youyou Tu.[18]
2018 Tasuku Honjo 201311.jpg Tasuku Honjo Assistant professor (1974-1979) Physiology or Medicine "for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation" – shared with James P. Allison.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alfred Nobel – The Man Behind the Nobel Prize". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  2. ^ UTokyo by the Numbers | The University of Tokyo
  3. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1981". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  4. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1973". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Eisaku Sato - Facts". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ Lundestad, Geir (2001-03-15). "The Nobel Peace Prize, 1901–2000". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2011-10-06.
  7. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1994". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  8. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2002". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  9. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2008". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  10. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  11. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  12. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  13. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1964". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  14. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1965". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  15. ^ "The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1991". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  16. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2003". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  17. ^ "The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2007". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  18. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  19. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2018-10-01.

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