Prof. Akasaki and Prof. Tatsumi Elected as New Members of the Japan Academy

Isamu Akasaki, Distinguished Professor at Nagoya University, and Kazuyuki Tatsumi, Designated Professor at NU, were elected as new members of the Japan Academy on December 12, 2014.


The Japan Academy is an institute that accords special recognition to researchers with outstanding academic achievements and that carries out activities contributing to scientific and academic progress. Members of the Japan Academy are elected from highly distinguished scientists and are given the post of a lifetime special government official. Currently, the total number of the members is 143 -- 66 in the section of humanities and social sciences, and 77 in the section of pure sciences and their applications.    


The specializations and achievements of Professor Akasaki and Professor Tatsumi are as follows:





Isamu Akasaki

Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Professor, Nagoya University

Semiconductor electronics

Success in the growth of  high-quality GaN crystal
invention of the blue light-emitting diode (LED)

Kazuyuki Tatsumi

Designated Professor, Research Center for Materials Science, and Emeritus Professor, Nagoya University

Inorganic chemistry

Establishment of scientific basis for clarifying the function of enzymes, using a synthesized active-center model compound



Distinguished Prof. Isamu Akasaki


Designated Prof. Kazuyuki Tatsumi


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