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Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data
Born: July 16, 1943 (Kobe, Japan)
Citizenship: Japan
Current Address: The University of Chicago
Department of Chemistry
5735 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

B.S. Kyoto University, 1967 (Prof. H. Nozaki, Thesis Director)
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1971 (Prof. E. J. Corey, Thesis Director)

1971-1972 Toray Industries, Inc. (Prof. J. Tsuji, Adviser)
1972-1976 Instructor, Kyoto University
1976-1977 Lecturer, Kyoto University
1977-1980 Associate Professor, University of Hawaii
1980-1983 Associate Professor, Nagoya University
1983-2002 Professor, Nagoya University
1997-1999 Councilor of Nagoya University
2002-present Professor, The University of Chicago
Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Professor

~500 original papers and ~120 reviews (~50 in Japanese)

Field of Research
Organic chemistry, Synthetic organic chemistry
Organometallic chemistry, Asymmetric synthesis
Natural product synthesis, Enzyme inhibitor, Bioorganic chemistry


The American Chemical Society
The Royal Society of Chemistry, London
The Chemical Society of Japan
The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
The American Association for the Advancement of Science


Organic Syntheses, Advisory Board,1993-present
Synlett, Board of Editor, 1989-present
Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, Consulting Editor, 1990-present
Organic Letters, Advisory Board, 1999-presnt
Journal of Oleo Science, Editorial Advisory Board, 2001-present
European Journal of Organic Chemistry, Advisory Board, 1999-present
Topics in Current Chemistry, Springer, Board Member,1997-present
Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, Advisory Board, 2001-2011
Synfacts, Board of Editor, 2002-present
Central European Science Journals, Advisory Board, 2002-present
Tetrahedron and Tetrahedron Letters, Advisory Board, 2002-present
Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, Editorial Advisory Board, 2005-present
Trends in Organic Chemistry, Editorial Advisory Board, 2005-present
Chemistry-An Asian Journal, International Advisory Board, 2006-present
Letters in Organic Chemistry, Editorial Advisory Board, 2006- present
ARKIVOC Honorary Advisory Board, 2007-present
Chemistry Letters, Advisory Board, 2010-present
The Chemistry Record, Editor in Chief, 2010- present

Academic Awards and Honors

The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemist, 1977
Organic Reaction Lecturer, 1988
IBM Science Award, 1988
Houkou Award, 1991
Chunichi Award, 1992
Prelog Medal, 1993
Merck-Schuchardt Lectureship, 1994
The Chemical Society of Japan Award, 1995
Toray Science and Technology Award, 1997
Max-Tishler Prize, 1998
Le Grand Prix de la Fondation Maison de la Chimie, 2002
Tetrahedron Chair, 2002
National Prize of Purple Medal (Japan), 2002
Molecular Chirality Award, 2003
Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003
Yamada Prize, 2004
Tetrahedron Prize, 2006
The Karl-Ziegler Professorship, 2006
The Japan Academy Award, 2007
Humboldt Research Award, 2007
Honorary Member of the Chemical Society of Japan, 2008
Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Research Society of India, 2008
ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 2009
Grand Prize of Synthetic Organic Chemistry of Japan, 2009

Plenary, Keynote, and Honor Lectureships
1979 Pacific Coast Lectureship, USA
1979 PAC Meeting, Honolulu, USA
1982 IUPAC Conference on Organic Synthesis, Tokyo
1983 IUPAC Conference on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Toward Organic Synthesis, France
1984 Annual Meeting of Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Tokyo
1985 Euchem Stereochemistry Conference at Burgenstock, Switzerland
1985 Annual Meeting of Chemical Society of Japan, Tokyo
1986 Annual Meeting of Chemical Society of Korea, Seoul
1986 Gordon Conference on Stereochemistry, USA
1986 Hoechst Conference on Stereochemistry, Germany
1987 Annual Meeting of Agricultural Society of Japan, Tokyo
1987 IUPAC Conference on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Toward Organic Synthesis, Canada
1987 Organic Synthesis Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
1987 Syntex Distinguished Lecturer, Colorado State University
1987 Sheffield Stereochemistry Symposium, UK
1987 Western Switzerland 3e Cycle Lecturer, Switzerland
1988 Karl Pfister Visiting Professor, MIT, USA
1988 First Organic Reaction Lecturer, USA.
1988 NATO Conference on Stereochemisty, Greece
1988 International Symposium of Acid-Base Catalysis, Sapporo
1989 Annual Meeting of Chemical Society of Japan, Kyoto
1989 Visiting Professor of Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
1989 11th International Symposium of Synthesis in Organic Chemistry, Oxford, UK
1989 Progress and Prospects in Organic Synthesis, Lausanne and Champery, Switzerland
1989 PAC Meeting, Honolulu
1990 Fifth Japan-Korea Seminar on Organic Chemistry, Dae Jeon , Korea
1990 The American Chemical Society, Aldrich Award Symposium, Boston
1990 Midwestern Distinguished Lecturer, USA
1990 Third Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
1990 Eighth International IUPAC Conference on Organic Synthesis, Helsinki, Finland
1990 The Second International Symposium on the Chemical Synthesis of Antibiotics and the Related Microbial Products, Oiso, Japan
1990 Annual Meeting of Chemical Society of Japan, Hiroshima
1990 Special Symposium of Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Tokyo
1991 Annual Meeting of Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Tokyo
1991 Symposium of Ohio State University, Recent Advances in Asymmetric Synthesis, USA
1991 Syntex Distinguished Lecturer at University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
1991 First Anglo-Norman Organic Chemistry Colloquium, Rouen, France
1991 Japan-US Seminar, Selectivity in Synthetic and Bio-organic Chemistry, Tokyo
1991 Otsuka Symposium on Asymmetric Reactions and Molecular Recognition, Tokushima
1991 The 1991 Josef Fried Symposium of Bioorganic Chemistry, Chicago
1992 Annual Chemical Congress of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Manchester
1992 Nozaki Conference, Yokohama

Gordon Conference (Organic Reaction Mechanism), New Hampton School


7th International Symposium on Molecular Recognition and Inclusion, Kyoto

1992 6th Japan-Korea Organic Chemistry Symposium, Nagoya
1992 First International Symposium on Organic Synthesis, Tokyo
1992 7th Johnson Symposium, Stanford, U. S. A.
1992 International Symposium on Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Taipei, Taiwan
1992 Tsing-Hua Symposium on Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Hsinchu, Taiwan
1993 Annual Meeting of Chemical Society of Japan, Tokyo

Bader Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, U. S. A.

1993 Gordon Conference (Natural Product), New Hampton School, U. S. A.
1993 Fourth International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination, Quebec, Canada
1993 Prelog Medal Lecturer, Zurich, Switzerland
1994 Annual Meeting of New Swiss Chemical Society, Switzerland
1994 Merck-Schuchardt Lectureship, Germany.

The 4th International Conference on Chemical Synthesis of Antibiotics and related Microbial Products, Nashville, U. S. A.

1994 Pre-IUPAC International Symposium on Metal-Mediated Organic Synthesis, India
1995 Annual Meeting of Chemical Society of Japan, Tokyo
1995 Merck-Frosst Lecturer, Alberta University, Canada
1995 Enantioselective C-C bond formation in synthesis, SCI, London, UK
1995 SFC-Rhone Poulene Lecturer, France
1996 Organic Synthesis Lecturer, University of California, Irvine

Annual Conference of Polymer Science, Nagoya, Japan

1996 50th Anniversary Conference of Korean Chemical Society, Seoul, Korea

Fargo Conference on Main Group Chemistry, North Dakota, USA

1996 ISCHIA Advanced School of Organic Chemistry, Ischia, Italy
1997 Gilbert Stork Lecturer, Columbia University, USA
1997 H.C. Brown Lecturer, Purdue University, USA
1997 36th IUPAC Congress, Geneva, Switzerland
1997 9th International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination, Nagoya, Japan
1997 William G. Dauben Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, USA
1997 Bio-Mega Lecturer, Montreal, Canada
1997 5th Max Tishler Memorial Symposium, Tokyo
1998 Max Tishler Prize Lecture, Harvard, USA
1998 1998 Hofmann Distinguished Lecture, Imperial College, London, UK
1998 12th IUPAC Conference on Organic Synthesis, Venice, Italy
1998 9th International Symposium on Novel Aromatic Compounds, Hong Kong
1999 Novertis Lectureship, Switzerland
1999 37th IUPAC Congress, Berlin, Germany
1999 218th National meeting of American Chemical Society, New Orleans, USA
2000 Taiwan National Lectureship, Taiwan
2000 Columbia IAP Lecturer, Columbia University, USA
2000 Kharasch Lecturer, University of Chicago, USA
2001 PAC meeting, Honolulu, USA

UCSD-Dupont symposium, La Jolla, USA


84th CSC Conference, Montreal, Canada


Annual Meeting of Chemical Society of Japan, Chiba, Japan

2001 ICCOC-GTL-10, Bordeaux, France

The Nagoya COE-RCMS Conference, Japan


Cram Stereochemistry Symposium, UCLA, USA


BOSS IX Meeting, Namur, Belgium

2002 Gordon Conference, Reaction and Processes, RI, USA
2002 Oppolzer Lectures 2002, Geneve, Switzerland

Otto-Bayser Lecturer 2003, Cologne, Germany


15th International Symposium on Chirality, Shizuoka, Japan

2003 18th International Symposium on Synthesis in Organic Chemistry, Cambridge, U. K.
2003 Komppa Centenary Symposium, Espoo, Finland
2003 Boehringer Ingelheim Lecturer, Alberta, Canada
2004 The 17th Annual Organic Chemistry Day, Missouri, USA

2004 CU-Roche Colorado Symposium on Synthetic Organic Chemistry,Boulder, Colorado


10th Meeting of the French-American Chemical Society, Charleston, SC


CMDS Symposium, Seoul, Korea  

2004 The Fourth International Symposium on Chemistry and Biological Chemistry of Vanadium, Szged, Hungary

Pettit Centennial Lecturer, University of Texas


Merck Lecturer, University of Puerto Rico


125th Annual Meeting of Pharmaceutical Society in Japan 

2005 Distinguished Merck Frosst Lectureship, Canada
2005 Novartis Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2005 OMCOS-13, Geneve, Switzerland
2005 The 22nd Summer Seminar on Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
2005 Eli Lilly Lecturer, University of Pittsburg
2005 International SFB-Symposium, Aachen, Germany
2005 The 4th COE-Chem6 International Symposium, Tokyo, Japan
2005 PAC Meeting, Inorganic and Polymer sections, Honolulu, USA
2005 PAC Meeting, Polymer Chemistry, Honolulu, USA
2006 COE meeting, Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan
2006 Reilly Lecturer, University of Notre Dame
2006 7th Annual Florida Heterocyclic Conference, Gainesville, USA
2006 Appleton Lecturer, Brown University, USA
2006 Eli Lilly Lecturer, Yale University, USA
2006 Challenges in Contemporary Chemistry Symposium, University of Michigan
2006 Banyu Symposium, Fukuoka, Japan
2006 Balticum Orgnicum Syntheticum, Tallinn, Estonia
2006 Organocatalysis in Organic Synthesis, Glasgow, UK
2006 FrontChem2006, Zushi, Japan
2006 American Chemical Society, National Meeting, San Francisco
2006 5th International Symposium on Chemistry and Biological Chemistry of Vanadium, San Francisco
2006 Inaugural Negishi-Brown Lecture, Purdue
2006 Merck-Frosst Lecture, Univdersite de Montreal, Canada
2006 Novartis Lecturer, Boston College, Boston
2006 Karl-Ziegler-Professorship, Max Planck Institute, Germany
2006 6th Tateshina conference on Organic Chemistry, Tateshina, Japan
2006 10th International Kyoto conference on New Aspects of Organic Chemistry, Japan
2006 Pierre Fabre Lecturer, French Chemical Society, Paris, France
2007 American Chemical Society, National Meeting, Chicago
2007 Organic Chemistry, present and future, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

International Conference on Asymmetric Organocatalysis, Otsu, Japan

2007 The 29th annual Princeton ACS Fall Organic Symposium, Princeton
2007 Invited Lecture Series, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic
2007 The 5th Kitasato Chemistry Symposium, Tokyo
2007 Organic Synthesis Mini Symposium, Chiba

The Japan Academy Prize Symposium, Riken, Japan

2008 Mini-symposium of organic synthesis, Chiba, Japan
2008 Schulich Symposium on Asymmetric catalysis, Haifa, Israel

Roche Distinguished Lecturer, Colorado

2008 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecturer, Berkeley

FITS Symposium, Geneva, Switzerland


Banyu Foundation Symposium, Sapporo, Japan


Suzuki Kunio Symposium, Tokyo, Japan


Tarrant visiting professor of organic chemistry, University of Florida


International Conference on Asymmetric Catalysis, Kanazawa, Japan


Lecturer of Institute of Academia Sinica, Taipei


Eli Lilly Lecturer, University of Toronto


LOST II, Alain Krief Symposium, Namur, Belgium


Chicago Organic Chemistry Symposium, Northwestern University


The Third Novel Chiral Chemistry, Japan 2009, Tokyo


The Lambert Lecture, Boston University


The Gilman Lecturer, Iowa State University


The Roche Lecturer, Scripps Institute, USA


Tetrahedron Symposium, Paris


Nanyang Tec. University Opening Symposium, Singapore

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