Japanese People

Famous Astronomers from Japan

List of notable or famous astronomers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top astronomers born in Japan and even some popular astronomers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese astronomers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronomers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronomer from Japan is included when available.

People on this list include Kin Endate and Hiroki Kosai.

This historic astronomers from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese astronomers of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronomers from Japan?" These prominent astronomers of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese astronomers.

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  • Akimasa Nakamura (中村 彰正, Nakamura Akimasa, fl. 1990s) (born 1961) is a Japanese astronomer. He is a prolific observer of asteroids and comets, as well as a discoverer of minor planets. He has worked ...more
  • Asada Gōryū (麻田 剛立, March 10, 1734 – June 25, 1799) was a Japanese astronomer who helped to introduce modern astronomical instruments and methods into Japan. Asada spent much of his career in the ...more
  • Atsuo Asami (浅見 敦夫, Asami Atsuo) is a Japanese astronomer. He operates a small private observatory, Hadano Astronomical Observatory, located about 60 km southwest of Tokyo. It is mainly used for ...more
  • Atsushi Sugie (杉江 淳, Sugie Atsushi) is a Japanese astronomer and a discoverer of minor planets. He works at the Dynic Astronomical Observatory and has discovered many planets while working there. The ...more
  • Atsushi Takahashi (高橋 篤史, Takahashi Atsushi, born 1965) is a Japanese amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets.He lives in Kitami on the island of Hokkaidō in northern Japan, where he ...more
  • Harutaro Murakami (村上 春太郎, Murakami Harutarō) (1872–1947) was a Japanese physicist and astronomer. The crater Murakami on the Moon is named after him.
  • Hiroki Kosai (香西 洋樹, Kōsai Hiroki, born 8 February 1933) is a Japanese astronomer with the Kiso Observatory. He is best known for helping to popularize astronomy in Japan and for his observations of ...more
  • Hiroshi Kaneda (金田 宏, Kaneda Hiroshi, born 1953) is a Japanese astronomer and discoverer of minor planets from Sapporo, in the northernmost prefecture of Japan.Kaneda ranks among the world's most ...more
  • Hisashi Kimura (木村 栄, Kimura Hisashi, October 4, 1870 – September 26, 1943) was a Japanese astronomer originally from Kanazawa, Ishikawa.He devoted his career to the study and measurement of ...more
  • Kaoru Ikeya (池谷 薫, Ikeya Kaoru, born 1943) is a Japanese amateur astronomer who discovered a number of comets. As a young adult, Ikeya lived near Lake Hamana and worked for a piano factory. During ...more
  • Kazurō Watanabe (渡辺 和郎, Watanabe Kazurō, born May 1, 1955) is a Japanese amateur astronomer and prolific discoverer of minor planets. He was born in Hokkaidō, Japan and is a member of the ...more
  • Kiichirō Furukawa (古川 麒一郎, Furukawa Kiichirō; also Hurukawa Kiitiro, 22 July 1929 – 29 June 2016) was a Japanese astronomer and discoverer of minor planets at the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory. ...more
  • Kin Endate (円館 金, Endate Kin, born December 15, 1960) is a Japanese amateur astronomer who has discovered hundreds of asteroids, most of them in collaboration with Kazuro Watanabe, placing him among ...more
  • Kiyotsugu Hirayama (平山 清次, Hirayama Kiyotsugu, October 13, 1874 – April 8, 1943) was a Japanese astronomer, best known for his discovery that many asteroid orbits were more similar to one another ...more
  • Kōichirō Tomita (冨田 弘一郎, Tomita Kōichirō, February 16, 1925 – May 22, 2006) was a Japanese astronomer, discoverer of minor planets and comets.He is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the ...more
  • Masahiro Koishikawa (小石川 正弘, Koishikawa Masahiro, born 1952) is a Japanese astronomer. He has studied both major and minor planets, and has discovered multiple asteroids.Koishikawa has been a staff ...more
  • Masanori Hirasawa (平沢 正規, Hirasawa Masanori) is a Japanese astronomer and a prolific discoverer of asteroids. Between 1991 and 1998, he discovered 52 minor planets in collaboration with fellow ...more
  • Masaru Arai (新井 優, Arai Masaru, born 1952) is a Japanese amateur astronomer and a discoverer of minor planets and comets.He is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 45 minor ...more