Tsuneko Okazaki

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Tsuneko Okazaki (岡崎 恒子?, Okazaki Tsuneko, born June 7, 1933) is a Japanese scientist known for her discovery and research of Okazaki fragments along with her husband Reiji.[1]

Okazaki was born in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan in 1933.[2] She graduated with her PhD from Nagoya University School of Science in 1956,[3] which was also the year that she met her husband, Reiji Okazaki. In 1968, Reiji and Tsuneko published their breakthrough findings on Okazaki fragments in PNAS.[4]

She won the L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science in 2000.[5]

In 2015, Nagoya University created the Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award, "in honor of the spirit and legacy of Professors Okazaki."[6] Also in 2015, she was elected as a Person of Cultural Merit.[7]

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  1. ^ Emily Jane Willingham (2010). The Complete Idiot's Guide to College Biology. Penguin. ISBN 978-1-59257-848-1. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  2. ^ (Japanese)"『岡崎フラグメントと私』岡崎 恒子 | サイエンティスト・ライブラリー | JT生命誌研究館". サイエンティスト・ライブラリー | JT生命誌研究館. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  3. ^ Shmaefsky, Brian (2006-01-01). Biotechnology 101. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313335280. 
  4. ^ Okazaki, R; Okazaki, T; Sakabe, K; Sugimoto, K; Sugino, A (1968-02-01). "Mechanism of DNA chain growth. I. Possible discontinuity and unusual secondary structure of newly synthesized chains.". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 59 (2): 598–605. doi:10.1073/pnas.59.2.598. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 224714Freely accessible. PMID 4967086. 
  5. ^ DNA researcher Okazaki wins int'l award for female scientists., the Free Library, 5 April 2015
  6. ^ "Tsuneko & Reiji Okazaki Award". www.itbm.nagoya-u.ac.jp. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  7. ^ (Japanese)T.O.L.講義:2015度の文化功労者に選ばれた、名古屋大学名誉教授 岡崎恒子先生による特別講義を実施しました! isen.ac.jp, November 13, 2015