21 Notable alumni of
Nagoya University

Nagoya University is 388th in the world, 73rd in Asia, and 31st in Japan by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 21 notable alumni from Nagoya University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates along with research and academic staff. 6 individuals affiliated with Nagoya University won Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry.

  1. Gotō Shinpei

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    Gotō Shinpei
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    Years
    1857-1929 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    diplomatphysicianpoliticianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Count Gotō Shinpei was a Japanese politician and cabinet minister of the Taishō and early Shōwa period Empire of Japan. He served as the head of civilian affairs of Taiwan under Japanese rule, the first director of the South Manchuria Railway, the seventh mayor of Tokyo City, the first Chief Scout of Japan, the first Director-General of NHK, the third principal of Takushoku University, and in a number of cabinet posts. Gotō was one of the most important politicians and administrators in Japanese national government during a time of modernization and reform in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

  2. Shuji Nakamura

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    Shuji Nakamura
    Born in
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    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    physicistengineerinventorprofessor
    Biography

    Shuji Nakamura is a Japanese-born American electronic engineer and prolific inventor specializing in the field of semiconductor technology, professor at the Materials Department of the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and is regarded as the inventor of the blue LED, a major breakthrough in lighting technology. Together with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, he is one of the three recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources". In 2015, his input into commercialization and development of energy-efficient white LED lighting technology was recognized by the Global Energy Prize. In 2021, Nakamura, along with Akasaki, Nick Holonyak, M. George Craford and Russell D. Dupuis were awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering "for the creation and development of LED lighting, which forms the basis of all solid state lighting technology".

  3. Shōichirō Toyoda

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    Shōichirō Toyoda
    Born in
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    Years
    1925-.. (age 96)
    Occupations
    businesspersonengineer
    Biography

    Shoichiro Toyoda is a retired Japanese business executive who served as chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation between 1992–1999, as well as chairman of the influential Japan Business Federation (日本経済団体連合会, Nippon Keidanren) beginning in May 1994 through May 1998. Under Toyoda's supervision, Toyota approved the development of the Lexus brand and the Prius hybrid.

  4. Ayuko Suzuki

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    Ayuko Suzuki
    Born in
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    Years
    1991-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    athletics competitor
    Biography

    Ayuko Suzuki is a Japanese long-distance runner. She competed in the 5000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth. In addition, she won two medals at the 2013 Summer Universiade.

  5. Osamu Shimomura

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    Osamu Shimomura
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1928-2018 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    chemistbiochemistprofessor
    Biography

    Osamu Shimomura was a Japanese organic chemist and marine biologist, and Professor Emeritus at Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and Boston University School of Medicine. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 for the discovery and development of green fluorescent protein (GFP) with two American scientists: Martin Chalfie of Columbia University and Roger Tsien of the University of California-San Diego.

  6. Isamu Akasaki

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    Isamu Akasaki
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1929-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    physicistprofessorscientistengineer
    Biography

    Isamu Akasaki was a Japanese engineer and physicist, specializing in the field of semiconductor technology and Nobel Prize laureate, best known for inventing the bright gallium nitride (GaN) p-n junction blue LED in 1989 and subsequently the high-brightness GaN blue LED as well.

  7. Hiroshi Amano

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    Hiroshi Amano
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Enrolled in Nagoya University
    Studied in 1988
    Occupations
    physicistuniversity teacherengineer
    Biography

    Hiroshi Amano is a Japanese physicist, engineer and inventor specializing in the field of semiconductor technology. For his work he was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Isamu Akasaki and Shuji Nakamura for "the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources".

  8. Takeshi Umehara

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    Takeshi Umehara
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1925-2019 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    philosopheropinion journalistwriter
    Biography

    Takeshi Umehara was born in Miyagi Prefecture in Tōhoku and graduated from the philosophical faculty of Kyoto University in 1948. He taught philosophy at Ritsumeikan University and was subsequently appointed president of the Kyoto City University of Arts. He is noted for his prolific essays on Japanese culture, in which he has endeavoured to refound the discipline of Japanese studies along more Japanocentric lines, notably in his book Nihongaku kotohajime (日本学事始) written in 1972 in collaboration with Shunpei Ueyama. Aside from his voluminous academic essays on numerous aspects of Japanese culture he has also composed theatrical works on figures as varied as Yamato Takeru and Gilgamesh.

  9. Toshihide Maskawa

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    Toshihide Maskawa
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1940-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    theoretical physicistprofessorphysicist
    Biography

    Toshihide Maskawa is a Japanese theoretical physicist known for his work on CP-violation who was awarded one quarter of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature."

  10. Ryōji Noyori

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    Ryōji Noyori
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2001
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    chemistprofessor
    Biography

    Ryōji Noyori is a Japanese chemist. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2001, Noyori shared a half of the prize with William S. Knowles for the study of chirally catalyzed hydrogenations; the second half of the prize went to K. Barry Sharpless for his study in chirally catalyzed oxidation reactions (Sharpless epoxidation).

  11. Takeshi Uchiyamada

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    Takeshi Uchiyamada
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    Years
    1946-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Takeshi Uchiyamada is a Japanese businessman, who has been chairman of Toyota since 2013. He graduated from Nagoya University. He is known as the "father of the Prius" for his role in leading the development of the Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid electric vehicle in history.

  12. Makoto Kobayashi

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    Makoto Kobayashi
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    theoretical physicistphysicist
    Biography

    Makoto Kobayashi is a Japanese physicist known for his work on CP-violation who was awarded one-fourth of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature."

  13. Koji Nakanishi

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    Koji Nakanishi
    Years
    1925-2019 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    chemistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Koji Nakanishi was a Japanese chemist who studied bioorganic chemistry and natural products. He served as Centennial Professor of Chemistry and chairman of the Chemistry Department at Columbia University.

  14. Tsuneko Okazaki

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    Tsuneko Okazaki
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1933-.. (age 88)
    Occupations
    biologistgeneticistmolecular biologistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Tsuneko Okazaki is a Japanese pioneer of molecular biology known for her work on DNA replication and specifically for discovering Okazaki fragments, along with her husband Reiji. Dr. Tsuneko Okazaki has continued to be involved in academia, contributing to more advancements in DNA research.

  15. Kirio Urayama

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    Kirio Urayama
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1930-1985 (aged 55)
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwriter
    Biography

    Kirio Urayama was a Japanese film director and screenwriter.

  16. Yoshito Kishi

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    Yoshito Kishi
    Born in
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    Years
    1937-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    chemistprofessor
    Biography

    Yoshito Kishi is the Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University. He is known for his contributions to the sciences of organic synthesis and total synthesis.

  17. Tomoji Abe

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    Tomoji Abe
    Born in
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    Years
    1903-1973 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    novelisttranslatorwriterliterary critic
    Biography

    Tomoji Abe was a Japanese novelist, social critic, humanist, and translator of English and American literature. Although he began writing as a modernist, in his later works he represented the intellectual movement in Japanese literature. This movement departed from Japanese traditional thinking and from established forms of narration, which focused on esthetic values and emotional states of mind (such as appear in the works of Junichiro Tanizaki and Ryunosuke Akutagawa); it also departed from modernist views, which continued to be popular in world literature and in Japan (Japanese modernist writers included Haruo Satō, Sei Ito, Tatsuo Hori, Riichi Yokomitsu and Yasunari Kawabata). Abe's intellectual approach was incompatible with the socio-political atmosphere of Japan in the early Shōwa period (1925–1945), with rising fascism and militarism, and the crusade to preserve Japanese feudal traditions.

  18. Haruhiko Okumura

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    Haruhiko Okumura
    Born in
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    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    computer scientistteacheruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Haruhiko Okumura from Toshiba, Tokyo, Japan was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2016 for contribution to image processing and display technologies.

  19. Tohru Fukuyama

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    Tohru Fukuyama
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    chemistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Tohru Fukuyama is a Japanese organic chemist and Professor of Chemistry at University of Tokyo in Japan. He discovered the Fukuyama coupling in 1998.

  20. Takao Kondō

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    Takao Kondō
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    biologist
    Biography

    Takao Kondo is a Japanese biologist and professor of biological science at Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan. He is best known for reconstituting the circadian clock in vitro.

  21. Atsunobu Tomomatsu

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    Atsunobu Tomomatsu
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    agronomist
    Biography

    Atsunobu Tomomatsu is a Japanese scholar in international relations. His specializations are studies of international cooperation, technical cooperation and international exchange. He is professor emeritus at Utsunomiya University, Japan.