Famous Japanese Scientists

Find out more about the greatest Japanese Scientists, including Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata, Masatoshi Koshiba, Leo Esaki and Shinya Yamanaka.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto.
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Famous As: Video Game Designer, Artist
Birthdate: November 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sonobe
Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is the man behind games such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. He has been the general manager and senior MD at Nintendo and now serves as its representative director and creative fellow. He avoids appearing on TV or giving autographs.

 2 Tasuku Honjo

Tasuku Honjo.
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Famous As: Immunologist
Birthdate: January 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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 3 Yoshinori Ohsumi

Yoshinori Ohsumi.
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

 4 Shinya Yamanaka

Shinya Yamanaka.
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Famous As: Biologist, Physician, Professor
Birthdate: September 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osaka
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 5 Yukihiro Matsumoto

Yukihiro Matsumoto.
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: April 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ōsaka Prefecture

 6 Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura
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Famous As: Physicist, Engineer, Inventor, Professor
Birthdate: May 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ikata
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 7 Takaaki Kajita

Takaaki Kajita
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
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 8 Hideki Yukawa

Hideki Yukawa.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: January 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo
Died: September 8, 1981

Hideki Yukawa was a Japanese theoretical physicist who won the prestigious Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy in 1940. In 1949, Yukawa became the first Japanese to be honored with the Nobel Prize. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his prediction of the pion. The Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics was inaugurated in 1952 to honor Yukawa's achievements.

 9 Yoichiro Nambu

Yoichiro Nambu
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Famous As: American-Japanese physicist
Birthdate: January 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo
Died: July 5, 2015

 10 Ted Fujita

Ted Fujita
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Died: November 19, 1998

 11 Satoshi Ōmura

Satoshi Ōmura
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Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: July 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nirasaki, Yamanashi, Japan

 12 Ryoji Noyori

Ryoji Noyori
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: September 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan

 13 Susumu Tonegawa

Susumu Tonegawa.
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Famous As: Immunologist, Molecular Biologist
Birthdate: September 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Susumu Tonegawa is a Japanese scientist known for his discovery of the genetic mechanism that produces antibody diversity. For this work, he received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987. Even though he won the coveted award for his work in immunology, he is a molecular biologist by training. He now studies neuroscience. 

 14 Leo Esaki

Leo Esaki
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Osaka

 15 Kitasato Shibasaburo

Kitasato Shibasaburo
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 29, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oguni, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: June 13, 1931

 16 Ei-ichi Negishi

Ei-ichi Negishi
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Changchun, China

 17 Tomonaga Shin'ichirō

Tomonaga Shin'ichirō
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 31, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyōto, Japan
Died: July 8, 1979

 18 Isamu Akasaki

Isamu Akasaki
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiran, Kawanabe District, Kagoshima Prefecture

 19 Osamu Shimomura

Osamu Shimomura
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Famous As: Chemist, Biochemist, Professor
Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kyoto

 20 Amano Hiroshi

Amano Hiroshi
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

 21 Eugenie Clark

Eugenie Clark
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Famous As: Ichthyologist
Birthdate: May 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: February 25, 2015

 22 Koichi Tanaka

Koichi Tanaka
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Famous As: Chemist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toyama

 23 Akira Suzuki

Akira Suzuki
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Famous As: chemist, professor
Birthdate: September 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mukawa

 24 Kobayashi Makoto

Kobayashi Makoto
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan

 25 Yoshiki Sasai

Yoshiki Sasai
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Famous As: Biologist, University teacher, Physician
Birthdate: March 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hyōgo Prefecture
Died: August 5, 2014

 26 Koshiba Masatoshi

Koshiba Masatoshi
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan

 27 Seki Takakazu

Seki Takakazu
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1642 AD
Birthplace: Fujioka, Japan
Died: December 5, 1708

 28 Shigefumi Mori

Shigefumi Mori
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan

 29 Toshihide Maskawa

Toshihide Maskawa
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nakagawa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

 30 Kiyoshi Ito

Kiyoshi Ito
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hokusei-cho, Japan
Died: November 10, 2008

 31 Heisuke Hironaka

Heisuke Hironaka
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 9, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

 32 Kenichi Fukui

Kenichi Fukui.
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: October 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nara City, Japan
Died: January 9, 1998

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese chemist Kenichi Fukui, best known for his research on frontier orbitals in chemical reactions, was initially hesitant to take up chemistry, as he hated memorizing equations. Following his stint at Kyoto University, where he studied engineering and earned a PhD, he developed an affinity for the subject.

 33 Kodaira Kunihiko

Kodaira Kunihiko
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: March 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 26, 1997

 34 Hideki Shirakawa

Hideki Shirakawa
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Famous As: Japanese chemist
Birthdate: August 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo Prefecture

 35 Jokichi Takamine

Jokichi Takamine
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: November 3, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Takaoka, Toyama, Japan
Died: July 22, 1922

 36 Shiga Kiyoshi

Shiga Kiyoshi
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: February 7, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miyagi, Japan
Died: January 25, 1957

 37 Mohri Mamoru

Mohri Mamoru
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: January 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Japan

 38 Hiroshi Nakajima

Hiroshi Nakajima
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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: May 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chiba, Chiba, Japan
Died: January 26, 2013

 39 Kaibara Ekken

Kaibara Ekken
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 17, 1630
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
Died: October 5, 1714

 40 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga

Sin-Itiro Tomonaga.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 31, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 8, 1979

 41 Akira Fujishima

Akira Fujishima
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: March 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Setagaya City, Tokyo, Japan

 42 Yuji Hyakutake

Yuji Hyakutake
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: July 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan
Died: April 10, 2002

 43 Keiiti Aki

Keiiti Aki
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: March 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: May 17, 2005

 44 Satō Nobuhiro

Satō Nobuhiro
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: July 18, 1769
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nishimonai, Japan
Died: February 17, 1850

 45 Ryuzo Yanagimachi

Ryuzo Yanagimachi
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

 46 Michiaki Takahashi

Michiaki Takahashi
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Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: Ōsaka, Japan
Died: December 16, 2013

 47 Honda Toshiaki

Honda Toshiaki
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1744 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: January 25, 1821

 48 Kenichi Honda

Kenichi Honda
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Died: February 26, 2011

 49 Takebe Kenkō

Takebe Kenkō
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1664 AD
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: August 24, 1739

 50 Tomio Tada

Tomio Tada
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 31, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yuki, Ibaraki, Japan
Died: April 21, 2010