Famous Professors from Japan

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

Examples of people on this list include Shinya Yamanaka and Shuji Nakamura.

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

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  • Akira Suzuki (鈴木 章, Suzuki Akira, born September 12, 1930) is a Japanese chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate (2010), who first published the Suzuki reaction, the organic reaction of an aryl- or vinyl-boronic acid with an aryl- or vinyl-halide catalyzed by a palladium(0) complex, in 1979.
    • Age: 92
    • Birthplace: Mukawa, Japan
  • Ei-ichi Negishi (根岸 英一, Negishi Eiichi) is a Manchurian-born Japanese chemist who has spent most of his career at Purdue University in the United States. He is the Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor and Director of the Negishi-Brown Institute at Purdue. He is best known for his discovery of the Negishi coupling. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for palladium catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis" jointly with Richard F. Heck and Akira Suzuki.
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Manchuria, China
  • Heizō Takenaka (竹中 平蔵, Takenaka Heizō, born 3 March 1951) is a Japanese economist and retired politician, last serving as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and Minister of State for Privatization of the Postal Services in the cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. As of July 2007, he is a professor at Keio University and an advisor for other academic institutions and companies.
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Wakayama, Japan
  • Hiroshi Aramata
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    Hiroshi Aramata (荒俣 宏, Aramata Hiroshi, born July 12, 1947) is a Japanese author, polymath, critic, translator and specialist in natural history, iconography and cartography. His most popular novel was Teito Monogatari (Tale of the Capitol), which has sold over 5 million copies in Japan alone.
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Hiroshi Yamazaki (Japanese: 山崎 博, Hepburn: Yamazaki Hiroshi, 21 September 1946 – 5 June 2017) was a Japanese photographer whose works concentrate on the sun and the sea. Born in Nagano on 21 September 1946, Yamazaki studied at Nihon University but dropped out in 1968, starting out as a freelance cameraman a year later, working in both still photography and 16mm film.Yamazaki is best known for two series. "Heliography" uses long exposures to show the path of the sun near the horizon. "Horizon" (Suiheisen saishū) is a study of sea horizons.Yamazaki won the 26th Ina Nobuo Award in 2001.Yamazaki became a full professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design in 1993, and also taught at Musashino ...more
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Hisao Kibune

    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Iwata, Japan