Tohoku University Famous Tohoku University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Tohoku University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Tohoku University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Tohoku University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Tohoku University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Tohoku University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Tohoku University.

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Koichi Tanaka and Akira Koike.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Tohoku University?” and “Which celebrities are Tohoku University alumni?”

Koichi Tanaka is a Japanese engineer who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for developing a novel method for mass spectrometric analyses of biological macromolecules with John Bennett Fenn and Kurt Wüthrich. ...more

Profession: Scientist

Age: 56

Birthplace: Toyama, Japan

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Shizuo Kakutani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
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Shizuo Kakutani was a Japanese-born American mathematician, best known for his eponymous fixed-point theorem. Kakutani attended Tohoku University in Sendai, where his advisor was Tatsujirō Shimizu. At one point he spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton at the invitation of ...more

Profession: Mathematician

Age: Died at 93 (1911-2004)

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

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Akira Endo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
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Akira Endo is a Japanese biochemist whose research into the relationship between fungi and cholesterol biosynthesis led to the development of statin drugs, which are some of the best-selling pharmaceuticals in history. He was awarded the 22nd Japan Prize in 2006 and the Lasker Award in 2008. ...more

Profession: Scientist

Age: 83

Birthplace: Japan

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Sumio Iijima is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
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Sumio Iijima


Sumio Iijima is a Japanese physicist, often cited as the inventor of carbon nanotubes. Although carbon nanotubes had been observed prior to his "invention", Iijima's 1991 paper generated unprecedented interest in the carbon nanostructures and has since fueled intense research in the area of ...more

Profession: Physicist

Age: 77

Birthplace: Saitama Prefecture, Japan