Famous Mathematicians from Japan

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

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  • Yasuaki Aida
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    Yasuaki Aida

    Aida Yasuaki (会田 安明, February 10, 1747 – October 26, 1817) also known as Aida Ammei, was a Japanese mathematician in the Edo period.He made significant contributions to the fields of number theory and geometry, and furthered methods for simplifying continued fractions. Aida created an original symbol for "equal". This was the first appearance of the notation for equal in East Asia.
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1747-1817)
    • Birthplace: Yamagata, Japan
  • Daihachiro Sato

    Daihachiro Sato (佐藤 大八郎, Satō Daihachirō, June 1, 1932 – May 28, 2008) was a Japanese mathematician who was awarded the Lester R. Ford Award in 1976 for his work in number theory, specifically on his work in the Diophantine representation of prime numbers. His doctoral supervisor at the University of California, Los Angeles was Ernst G. Straus.
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1932-2008)
    • Birthplace: Fujinomiya, Japan
  • Gorō Azumaya (東屋 五郎, Azumaya Gorō, February 26, 1920 – July 8, 2010) was a Japanese mathematician who introduced the notion of Azumaya algebra in 1951. His advisor was Shokichi Iyanaga. At the time of his death he was an emeritus professor at Indiana University.
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1920-2010)
    • Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
  • Goro Shimura
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    Gorō Shimura (志村 五郎, Shimura Gorō, 23 February 1930 – 3 May 2019) was a Japanese mathematician and Michael Henry Strater Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Princeton University who worked in number theory, automorphic forms, and arithmetic geometry. He was known for developing the theory of complex multiplication of abelian varieties and Shimura varieties, as well as posing the Taniyama–Shimura conjecture which ultimately led to the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.
    • Age: 92
    • Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Heisuke Hironaka
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    Heisuke Hironaka (広中 平祐, Hironaka Heisuke, born April 9, 1931) is a Japanese mathematician. He entered Kyoto University in 1949. After completing his undergraduate studies at Kyoto University, he received his Ph.D. in 1960 from Harvard while under the direction of Oscar Zariski. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1970.He is celebrated for proving in 1964 that singularities of algebraic varieties admit resolutions in characteristic zero. This means that any algebraic variety can be replaced by (more precisely is birationally equivalent to) a similar variety which has no singularities. He also introduced Hironaka's example showing that a deformation of Kähler manifolds need not be Kähler. In ...more
    • Age: 91
    • Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Hidehiko Yamabe (山辺 英彦, Yamabe Hidehiko, August 22, 1923 in Ashiya, Hyōgo, Japan – November 20, 1960 in Evanston, Illinois) was a Japanese mathematician. Above all, he is famous for discovering that every conformal class on a smooth compact manifold is represented by a Riemannian metric of constant scalar curvature. Other notable contributions include his definitive solution of Hilbert's fifth problem.
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1923-1960)
    • Birthplace: Ashiya, Japan