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International Prize for biology

Past Recipients/Presentation Ceremony (Acceptance Address, Process of Selection)
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List of Past Recipients

2021
(37th)

Recipient

Dr. Timothy Douglas White
Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

Research field

Biology of Human Evolution

2020
(36th)

Recipient

Dr. SHINOZAKI Kazuo
Senior Advisor, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS), Japan

36th Presentation
Ceremony,Acceptance
Address,Selection Process

An Address by His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Akishino

Research field

Biology of Environmental Responses

Booklet of 36th Prize (PDF)

2019
(35th)

Recipient

Dr. Naomi Ellen Pierce
Hessel Professor of Biology and Curator of Lepidoptera,
Harvard University, USA

35th Presentation
Ceremony,Acceptance
Address,Selection Process

Booklet of 35th Presentation Ceremony(PDF)

Research field

Biology of Insects

2018
(34th)

Recipient

Dr. Andrew Herbert Knoll
Fisher Professor of Natural History,
Harvard University, USA

34th Presentation
Ceremony,Acceptance
Address,Selection Process

Booklet of 34th Presentation Ceremony(PDF)

Research field

Paleontology

2017
(33rd)

Recipient

Dr. Rita Rossi Colwell
Distinguished University Professor,
University of Maryland, USA

33rd Presentation
Ceremony,Acceptance
Address,Selection Process

Booklet of 33rd Presentation Ceremony(PDF)

Research field

Marine Biology

2016
(32nd)

Recipient

Dr. Stephen Philip Hubbell
Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles,USA

32nd Presentation
Ceremony,Acceptance
Address,Selection Process

Booklet of 32nd Presentation Ceremony(PDF)

Research field

Biology of Biodiversity

2015
(31st)

Recipient

Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi
Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology,Japan

31st Presentation Ceremony, Acceptance Address, Selection Process

Booklet of 31st Presentation Ceremony(PDF)

Research field

Cell Biology

Interview with the Recipient

2014
(30th)

Recipient

Prof. Sir Peter Crane FRS
Professor, Yale University, U.S.A

30th Presentation Ceremony, Acceptance Address, Selection Process

Booklet of 30th Presentation Ceremony(PDF)

Research field

Systematic Biology and Taxonomy

2013
(29th)

Recipient

Dr. Joseph Felsenstein
Professor, University of Washington, U.S.A

Research field

Biology of Evolution

2012
(28th)

Recipient

Dr. Joseph Altman
Professor Emeritus, Purdue University, U.S.A

Research field

Neurobiology

2011
(27th)

Recipient

Dr. Eric Harris Davidson
Norman Chandler Professor of Cell Biology, California Institute of Technology, U.S.A

Research field

Developmental Biology

2010
(26th)

Recipient

Dr. Nancy Ann Moran
William H. Fleming Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, U.S.A

Research field

Biology of Symbiosis

2009
(25th)

Recipient

Dr. Winslow Russell Briggs
Professor Emetitus, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, U.S.A.

Research field

Biology of Sensing

2008
(24th)

Recipient

Dr. George David Tilman
Regents’ Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

Research field

Ecology

2007
(23rd)

Recipient

Dr. David Swenson Hogness
Munzer Professor of Developmental Biologyand of Biochemistry, Emeritus Stanford University School of Medicine, U.S.A.

Research field

Genetics

2006
(22nd)

Recipient

Dr. Serge Daan
Professor, Niko Tinbergen Chair in Behavioral Biology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Research field

Chronobiology

2005
(21st)

Recipient

Prof. Nam-Hai Chua
Professor, Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University, U.S.A.

Research field

Structual Biology in Fine Structure, Morphology and Morphogenesis

2004
(20th)

Recipient

Dr. Thomas Cavalier-Smith
Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, U.K.

Research field

Systematic Biology and Taxonomy

2003
(19th)

Recipient

Dr. Shinya Inoué
Distinguished Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, U.S.A.

Research field

Cell Biology

2002
(18th)

Recipient

Dr. Masatoshi Nei
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.

Research field

Biology of Evolution

2001
(17th)

Recipient

Dr. Harry Blackmore Whittington
Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, UK

Research field

Paleontology

2000
(16th)

Recipient

Prof. Seymour Benzer
James Griffin Boswell Professor of Neuroscience, California Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Research field

Developmental Biology

1999
(15th)

Recipient

Prof. Setsuro Ebashi
Chair of the Section II, The Japan Academy
Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo, Japan

Research field

Animal Physiology

1998
(14th)

Recipient

Prof. Otto Thomas Solbrig
Bussey Professor of Biology, Harvard University, U.S.A.

Research field

The Biology of Biodiversity

1997
(13th)

Recipient

Prof. Elliot Martin Meyerowitz
Professor, California Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Research field

Plant Science

1996
(12th)

Recipient

Prof. Ryuzo Yanagimachi
Professor, Medical School, University of Hawaii, U.S.A.

Research field

Biology of Reproduction

1995
(11th)

Recipient

Prof. Ian Read Gibbons
Professor, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii, U.S.A.

Research field

Cell Biology

1994
(10th)

Recipient

Prof. Ernst Mayr
Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, U.S.A.

Research field

Systematic Biology and Taxonomy

1993
(9th)

Recipient

Prof. Edward Osborne Wilson
Professor of Science and Curator in Entomology Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, U.S.A.

Research field

Ecology

1992
(8th)

Recipient

Prof. Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
James B. Duke Professor of Physiology, Duke University, U.S.A.

Research field

Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry

1991
(7th)

Recipient

Dr. Marshall Davidson Hatch
Chief Research Scientist, Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Australia

Research field

Functional Biology of Plants

1990
(6th)

Recipient

Prof. Masakazu Konishi
Bing Professor, California Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Research field

Behavioral Biology

1989
(5th)

Recipient

Sir Eric James Denton
Retired Director, Marine Biological Association Laboratory, Plymouth, U.K.

Research field

Marine Biology

1988
(4th)

Recipient

Dr. Motoo Kimura
Professor Emeritus, National Institute of Genetics, Japan

Research field

Population Biology

1987
(3rd)

Recipient

Sir John Bertrand Gurdon
John Humphrey Plummer Professor, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Research field

Developmental Biology

1986
(2nd)

Recipient

Dr. Peter Hamilton Raven
Director, Missouri Botanical Garden, U.S.A.

Research field

Systematic Biology and Taxonomy

1985
(1st)

Recipient

Prof. Edred John Henry Corner
Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Research field

Taxonomy or Systematic Biology