Nagoya University Professor Emeritus Yoshio Okamoto Selected to Win the 2019 Japan Prize

Dr. Yoshio Okamoto, Professor Emeritus at Nagoya University, has been selected to receive the 2019 Japan Prize, according to an announcement by the Japan Prize Foundation in Tokyo on January 16 (Wed), 2019.


The Japan Prize is awarded annually to commend scientists and engineers from around the world who have made original and outstanding achievements that not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind. Each year, two prize fields are selected in view of the trends in science and technology.


Dr. Okamoto will receive the 2019 Japan Prize in the field of "Materials and Production" (in the area of Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, and Engineering) for his "leading contributions to precision synthesis of helical polymers and development of practical chiral materials for separating chiral drugs."


Dr. Okamoto will become the second Nagoya University Japan Prize laureate, following University Professor of Nagoya University Masatoshi Takeichi.


The award ceremony will be held on April 8, 2019, with the Emperor and Empress of Japan in attendance.





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Dr. Yoshio Okamoto

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