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Famous Scientists from Japan

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

List ranges from Kunitomo Ikkansai to Shinya Yamanaka, plus much more.

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

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    Akira Endo

    Akira Endo

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceJapan

    Akira Endo (遠藤 章, Endō Akira, born 14 November 1933) is a Japanese biochemist whose research... more on Wikipedia
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    Atsumu Ohmura

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan

    Atsumu Ohmura (大村 纂, Ōmura Atsumu, born 1942) is a Japanese climatologist, known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Eizaburo Nishibori

    Eizaburo Nishibori

    Dec. at 86 (1903-1989)

    BirthplaceJapan

    Eizaburo Nishibori (西堀 栄三郎, Nishibori Eizaburō, January 28, 1903 – April 13, 1989) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Hideki Shirakawa

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Hideki Shirakawa (白川 英樹 Shirakawa Hideki, born August 20, 1936) is a Japanese chemist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Hidetsugu Yagi

    Hidetsugu Yagi

    Dec. at 90 (1886-1976)

    BirthplaceOsaka Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Osaka, Asia

    Hidetsugu Yagi (八木 秀次, Yagi Hidetsugu, January 28, 1886 – January 19, 1976) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
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    Hiraga Gennai

    Hiraga Gennai

    Dec. at 52 (1728-1780)
    Hiraga Gennai (平賀 源内, 1728 – January 24, 1780) was an Edo period Japanese pharmacologist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Hiroaki Mitsuya

    Hiroaki Mitsuya

    Age: 70
    Hiroaki Mitsuya (満屋 裕明, Mitsuya Hiroaki, born 1950) is a Japanese virologist famous for his... more on Wikipedia
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    Hiroshi Komiyama

    Hiroshi Komiyama

    Age: 76
    Hiroshi Komiyama (小宮山 宏, Komiyama Hiroshi, born December 15, 1944) is a Japanese scientist. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Isamu Akasaki
    Isamu Akasaki (赤崎 勇, Akasaki Isamu, born January 30, 1929) is a Japanese physicist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    Iwahashi Zenbei

    Dec. at 55 (1756-1811)
    Iwahashi Zenbei (岩橋 善兵衛, 1756–1811) was a Japanese scientist and optician.
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    Jokichi Takamine

    Jokichi Takamine

    Dec. at 68 (1854-1922)

    BirthplaceTakaoka, Japan

    Takamine Jōkichi (高峰 譲吉, November 3, 1854 – July 22, 1922) was a Japanese chemist.
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    Junichiro Itani

    Dec. at 75 (1926-2001)
    Junichiro Itani (伊谷 純一郎, Itani Jun'ichirō, May 9, 1926 – August 19, 2001) is considered a... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Kakichi Mitsukuri

    Kakichi Mitsukuri

    Dec. at 52 (1857-1909)

    BirthplaceEdo

    Kakichi Mitsukuri (箕作 佳吉, Mitsukuri Kakichi, January 15, 1857 – September 16, 1909) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Katsuko Saruhashi

    Katsuko Saruhashi

    Dec. at 87 (1920-2007)

    BirthplaceJapan

    Katsuko Saruhashi (猿橋 勝子, Saruhashi Katsuko, March 22, 1920 – September 29, 2007) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Kikunae Ikeda

    Kikunae Ikeda

    Dec. at 72 (1864-1936)

    BirthplaceKyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

    Kikunae Ikeda (池田 菊苗, Ikeda Kikunae, 8 October 1864 – 3 May 1936) was a Japanese chemist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16

    Kimishige Ishizaka

    Age: 95
    Kimishige "Kimi" Ishizaka (石坂 公成, Ishizaka Kimishige, 3 December 1925 – 6 July 2018) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Kinji Imanishi

    Kinji Imanishi

    Dec. at 90 (1902-1992)
    Kinji Imanishi (今西 錦司, Imanishi Kinji, January 6, 1902 – June 15, 1992) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    BirthplaceToyama, Japan

    Koichi Tanaka (田中 耕一, Tanaka Kōichi, born August 3, 1959) is a Japanese engineer who shared... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Mikimoto Kōkichi

    Mikimoto Kōkichi

    Dec. at 96 (1858-1954)

    BirthplaceToba, Japan

    Mikimoto Kōkichi (御木本 幸吉, 25 January 1858 – 21 September 1954) was a Japanese entrepreneur who... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Kotaro Honda

    Kotaro Honda

    Dec. at 84 (1870-1954)

    BirthplaceAichi Prefecture, Chūbu region, East Asia, Honshu, Okazaki

    Kotaro Honda (本多 光太郎, Honda Kōtarō, born on February 23, 1870 in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture –... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Kotaro Shimomura

    Kotaro Shimomura

    Dec. at 76 (1861-1937)
    Kotaro Shimomura (下村 孝太郎, Shimomura Kōtarō, October 29, 1861 – October 21, 1937) was a... more on Wikipedia
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    Kunitomo Ikkansai

    Kunitomo Ikkansai

    Dec. at 62 (1778-1840)
    Kunitomo Ikkansai (国友 一貫斎, November 21, 1778 – December 26, 1840) was a Japanese gun... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Kyusaku Ogino

    Kyusaku Ogino

    Dec. at 93 (1882-1975)
    Kyusaku Ogino (荻野 久作, Ogino Kyūsaku, 25 March 1882 – 1 January 1975) was a Japanese doctor... more on Wikipedia
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    Masanobu Fukuoka

    Masanobu Fukuoka

    Dec. at 95 (1913-2008)

    BirthplaceIyo, Japan

    Masanobu Fukuoka (Japanese: 福岡 正信, Hepburn: Fukuoka Masanobu, 2 February 1913 – 16 August... more on Wikipedia
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    Masao Kawai (河合 雅雄, Kawai Masao, born January 2, 1924) is a Japanese primatologist, who... more on Wikipedia