Laureates of the Japan Prize

Year Field Photo Name (b.-d.) Achievements
[Nationality]Affiliation (Titles at the time)

2017
(33rd)

Lectures

Lectures

Electronics, Information and Communication photo Dr. Adi Shamir (1952 -) Contribution to information security through pioneering research on cryptography
[Israel] Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science
Life Science photo Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier (1968-) Elucidation of the genome editing mechanism by the CRISPR-Cas (Joint Award)
[France] Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (Berlin)
photo Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna (1964 -)
[USA] Professor, University of California, Berkeley
         

2016
(32nd)

Lectures

Lectures

Materials and Production Photo Dr. Hideo Hosono (1953-) Creation of unconventional inorganic materials with novel electronic functions based on nano-structure engineering
[Japan]Professor, Materials and Structures Laboratory,
Founding director, Materials Research Center for Element Strategy,
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Biological Production and Biological Environment Photo Dr. Steven D. Tanksley (1954-) Contribution to modern crop breeding through research on development of molecular genetic analysis
[USA]Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
         

2015
(31st)

Lectures

Lectures

Resources, Energy and Social Infrastructure photo Dr. Yutaka Takahasi (1927-) Contribution to development of innovative concept on river basin management and reduction of water-related disasters
[Japan] Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Medical Science and Medicinal Science photo Dr. Theodore Friedmann (1935-) Proposal of the concept of gene therapy and its clinical applications (Joint Award)
[USA] Professor of Pediatrics University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
photo Prof. Alain Fischer (1949-)
[France] Professor at Collège de France
Director of Institut Imagine, Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades
         

2014
(30th)

Lectures

Lectures

Electronics, Information and Communication Photo Dr. Yasuharu Suematsu (1932-) Pioneering research on semiconductor lasers for high-capacity long-distance optical fiber communication
[Japan]Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Life Science Photo Dr. C. David Allis (1951-) Discovery of histone modifications as fundamental regulators of gene expression
[USA]Joy and Jack Fishman Professor, The Rockefeller University
         

2013
(29th)

Lectures

Lectures

Materials and Production photo Prof. C. Grant Willson (1939-) Development of chemically amplified resist polymer materials for innovative semiconductor manufacturing process (Joint Award)
[USA] Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Rashid Engineering Regent Chair The University of Texas at Austin
photo Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet (1944-)
[USA] Vice- President for Research
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Biological Production and Biological Environment photo Dr. John Frederick Grassle(1939-) Contribution to marine environmental conservation through research on ecology and biodiversity of deep-sea organisms
[USA] Professor Emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
         
2012
(28th)
lectures
Environment, Energy and Infrastructure Photo Dr. Masato Sagawa (1943-) Developing the world's highest performing Nd-Fe-B type permanent magnet and contributing to energy conservation
[Japan] President, Intermetallics Co., Ltd.
Healthcare and Medical Technology Photo Dr. Janet D. Rowley (USA) (1925-2013) Development of a new therapeutic drug targeting cancer-specific molecules
(Joint Award)
[USA] Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics, The University of Chicago
Photo Dr. Brian J. Druker (1955-)
[USA] Professor and Director of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
Photo Dr. Nicholas B. Lydon (1957-)

[USA] Founder and Director Blueprint Medicines

         
2011
(27th)
Information and Communications Photo Dr. Dennis M. Ritchie (1941-2011) Development of the operating system, UNIX (Joint Award)
[USA] Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Emeritus, Bell Labs
Photo Dr. Ken L. Thompson (1943-)
[USA] Distinguished Engineer, Google Inc.
Bioscience and Medical Science Photo Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto (1939-) Discovery of interleukin-6 and its application in treating diseases (Joint Award)
[Japan] Emeritus Professor, Osaka University
Photo Dr. Toshio Hirano (1947-)
[Japan] Professor, Osaka University
         
2010
(26th)
lectures
Industrial Production and Production Technology Photo Prof. Shun-ichi Iwasaki (1926-) Contributions to high-density magnetic recording technology by the development of a perpendicular magnetic recording method
[Japan] Director, Tohoku Institute of Technology Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University
Biological Production and Environment Photo Prof. Peter Vitousek (1949-) Contributions to solving global environmental issues based on the analysis of nitrogen and other substances' cycles
[USA] Professor of Biology, Stanford University
         
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