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Nobel laureate Akira Suzuki receives honorary chair professorship from NCKU

Tainan, Taiwan, March 10, 2016

Dr. Akira Suzuki, a Japanese chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate, received honorary chair professorship from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, on March 10.

The honorary chair professorship was conferred on Dr. Suzuki in recognition of his contributions to chemistry, educational achievements as well as his excellent personality.

Upon receiving the certificate of professorship from NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su, Dr. Suzuki expressed his appreciation and highlighted the academic partnership between Japan and Taiwan.

“I’m very happy to accept the honor,” said Dr. Suzuki, “and the purpose is to exchange my chemistry with many people in the university not only discuss and exchange ideas in chemistry but also to build strong contact with people including the students and professors in this university.”

Dr. Suzuki was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010 for his work on Palladium catalyzed cross coupling reactions, together with Richard F. Heck and Ei-ichi Negishi. Suzuki developed “Suzuki coupling” or “Suzuki-Miyaura reaction” in 1981 with his colleague Norio Miyaura.

Dr. Suzuki studied Chemistry at Hokkaido University. He worked there as an assistant professor after receiving his PhD in 1959. From 1963-65, Suzuki worked as a post doctoral at Purdue University. After returning to Hokkaido University he continued as Professor till 1994. After his retirement from Hokkaido University, he served as Professor Synthetic Organic Chemistry at Okayama University of Science (1994-95) and Kurashiki University (1995-2002).

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Suzuki was also honored with the Chemical Society of Japan Award (1989), The Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy (2004) and the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 2005.
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Date : 2016/03/10
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