Akira Suzuki (chemist)

Akira Suzuki (chemist)

Akira Suzuki
Born (1930-09-12) September 12, 1930
Mukawa, Hokkaidō, Japan
Nationality Japan
Fields Chemistry

Hokkaidō University
Purdue University
University of Wales
Okayama University of Science
Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts
Academia Sinica

National Taiwan University
Alma mater

Hokkaidō University

Purdue University
Known for Suzuki reaction
Influences Herbert Charles Brown
Notable awards Nobel Prize for Chemistry (2010)
Person of Cultural Merit (2010)
Order of Culture (2010)

Akira Suzuki (鈴木 章 Suzuki Akira, born September 12, 1930) is a Japanese chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate (2010), who first published the aryl- or vinyl-boronic acid with an aryl- or vinyl-halide catalyzed by a palladium(0) complex, in 1979.[1][2][3][4]


Suzuki was born on September 12, 1930, in Mukawa, Hokkaidō. He studied at Hokkaido University and after receiving his PhD he worked there as assistant professor. From 1963 until 1965, Suzuki worked as a postdoctoral student with Herbert Charles Brown at Purdue University and after returning to the University of Hokkaidō he became a full professor there. With his retirement from the University of Hokkaidō in 1994 he took several positions in other Universities: 1994–1995 Okayama University of Science and 1995–2002 Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts.[5] He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2010 together with Richard F. Heck and Ei-ichi Negishi.[6]



  1. ^ Miyaura, Norio; Yamada, Kinji ; Suzuki, Akira (1979). "A new stereospecific cross-coupling by the palladium-catalyzed reaction of 1-alkenylboranes with 1-alkenyl or 1-alkynyl halides". Tetrahedron Letters 20 (36): 3437–3440.  
  2. ^ Miyaura, N.; Suzuki, A. Chem. Commun. 1979, 866.
  3. ^ Suzuki, A. Pure Appl. Chem. 1991, 63, 419–422. (Review)
  4. ^ Suzuki, A. J. Organometallic Chem. 1999, 576, 147–168. (Review)
  5. ^ Miyaura, Norio; Suzuki, Akira (1995). "Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions of Organoboron Compounds". Chemical reviews 95 (7): 2457–2483.  
  6. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010" (Press release).  
  7. ^ Akira Suzuki (in Japanese)

External links

  • Akira Suzuki "Letter to a young chemist" in The UNESCO Courier, "CHEMISTRY AND LIFE", January–March 2011
  • The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010 Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi, Akira Suzuki
  • Akira Suzuki