Akira Suzuki

Akira Suzuki

Researcher of Organic Synthesis Reaction / Hokkaido University Honorary Professor / Holds Nobel Prize in Chemistry of 2010

A university professor and honorary professor of Hokkaido University, Suzuki was born in Mukawa, Hokkaido in 1930. He graduated from the Doctoral Course of the Graduate School of Science at Hokkaido University in 1960, earning his doctorate of science. He worked as an assistant in the Department of Science, as an assistant professor (later on as a full professor) in the Department of Engineering, and has been an honorary professor since 1994. He was honored with the Japan Academy Prize in 2004, the Cultural Achievement Award, the Japanese Order of Culture, and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010. He has been an honorary member of The Chemical Society of Japan since 2005, The Japan Academy since 2011, and has been a UK Chemical Society Honorary Fellow since 2012.
Due to its stability in water and lack of toxicity, the Suzuki cross-coupling reaction that he published in 1979 has been put to a wide range of uses, including antihypertensive and anti-cancer drug treatment, pesticide use, and both liquid crystal and organic EL displays, earning him a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Suzuki now gives lectures all over the world, aiming to deliver the splendor of science to a wide range of people, though he focuses on generating youth interest.

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