Famous Physicists from Japan

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

People include everything from Tsutomu Shimomura to Makoto Kobayashi.

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

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  • Anthony Ichiro Sanda (三田 一郎, Sanda Ichirō, born March 4, 1944) is a Japanese-American particle physicist. Along with Ikaros Bigi, he was awarded the 2004 Sakurai Prize for his work on CP violation and B meson decays.
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Japan
  • Bunji Sakita
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    Bunji Sakita (崎田 文二, Sakita Bunji, 1930 – August 31, 2002) was a Japanese-American theoretical physicist who made important contributions in quantum field theory, superstring theory and discovered supersymmetry in 1971. He was a Distinguished Professor of Physics at the City College of New York.
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1930-2002)
    • Birthplace: Toyama Prefecture, Japan
  • 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.
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1872-1947)
  • Hideki Yukawa (湯川 秀樹, Yukawa Hideki, 23 January 1907 – 8 September 1981) was a Japanese theoretical physicist and the first Japanese Nobel laureate for his prediction of the pi meson.
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1907-1981)
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Hironari Miyazawa
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    Hironari Miyazawa

    Hironari Miyazawa (宮沢 弘成, Miyazawa Hironari, born 1927 in Tokyo) is a Japanese particle and nuclear physicist, known for his work in supersymmetry, which was first proposed by Miyazawa in 1966 as a possible symmetry between mesons and baryons.Miyazawa studied physics and received his undergraduate degree in 1950 at the University of Tokyo. He joined the faculty after he received his doctorate in 1953 from the University of Tokyo, and became a full professor of physics in 1968. In 1988 he moved to the Kanagawa University and served there until 1998. Currently he is a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo. During these periods, he also served visiting professorships at the University ...more
    • Age: 96
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun John Sakurai (桜井 純, Sakurai Jun, January 31, 1933 – November 1, 1982) was a Japanese-American particle physicist and theorist. While a graduate student at Cornell University, Sakurai independently discovered the V-A theory of weak interactions.He authored the popular graduate text Modern Quantum Mechanics (1985-posthumous) and other texts such as Invariance Principles and Elementary Particles (1964) and Advanced Quantum Mechanics (1967).
    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1933-1982)
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan