Nishina Memorial Prize

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Nishina Memorial Prize
Awarded for Substantial contributions in the field of physics
Country  Japan
Presented by Nishina Memorial Foundation
First awarded 1955
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The Nishina Memorial Prize (仁科記念賞 Nishina Kinenshō?) is the oldest and most prestigious physics award in Japan.[1]


Dr. Yoshio Nishina (1890-1951)

Since 1955, the Nishina Memorial Prize has been awarded annually by the Nishina Memorial Foundation.[2] The Foundation was established to commemorate Yoshio Nishina, who was the founding father of modern physics research in Japan and a mentor of the first two Japanese Nobel Laureates, Hideki Yukawa and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga.

The Prize, of ¥500,000 (about US$5,000) and the certificate, is bestowed upon young scientists who have made substantial contributions in the field of atomic and sub-atomic physics research. As of 2014, five Nobel Prizes have been awarded to prior Nishina recipients (Leo Esaki, Makoto Kobayashi, Toshihide Maskawa, Masatoshi Koshiba, and Shuji Nakamura).


Notable Nishina laureates are:[3][4]