Scientist Library

Scientists who have done the distinguished research talk about background and research. It tells us the essence of science.
*These articles were written for quarterly journal "Biohistory". The affiliations of scientists indicate those at the time of publication.


The discover of the oncogene[vol.23]

Kumao Toyoshima
University of Tokyo

From research of virus to discovery of the oncogene[vol.34]

Hidesaburo Hanafusa
Osaka Bioscience Institute


The survival of the luckiest –The neutral theory of evolution[vol.3]

Motoo Kimura
National Institute of Genetics

Enjoy the romantic age of molecular genetics[vol.11]

Haruo Ozeki
Kyoto University

Mice taught me about Genetics[vol.22]

Kazuo Moriwaki
Graduate University for Advanced Studie

Marine biology

Wandering and searching for the evolution of the living creatures in the sea[vol.7]

Saburo Nishimura
Kyoto University

Basic medicine

The apotosis of cancer cells by substance from butterfly larvae[vol.33]

Takashi Sugimura
National Cancer Center


The study of metamorphic hormones in insects[vol.8]

Hironori Ishizaki
Nagoya University

The days of love for the butterfly –The classification of butterflies[vol.14]

Takashi Shirouzu
Kyushu University


The success of formation of neuromuscular junction in vitro[vol.4]

Junnosuke Nakai
JT Biohistory Research Hall

Paramecium’s sex and my life[vol.6]

Koichi Hiwatashi
Ishinomaki Senshu University

To observe the structure and function of cells under a microscope[vol.15]

Kiyoshi Hama
National Institute for Basic Biology

The success of cell fusion[vol.17]

Yoshio Okada
Senri Life Science Foundation,Osaka University

The mechanism of multiplication of the cell[vol.25]

Yoshio Masui
University of Toronto

Observing with the Heart -With persistence [vol.38]

Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa
Rikkyo University,University of Tokyo

Observing the unexplored cells[vol.61]

Nobutaka Hirokawa
University of Tokyo

Attracted to the cell which survives through eating itself[vol.62]

Yoshinori Osumi
Tokyo Institute of Technology


To make taxonomy into science[vol.10]

Kunio Iwatsuki
University of Tokyo

What is a species? - The challenge of new taxonomy[vol.29]

Shoichi Kawano
Kyoto University

Looking at plants, asking plants [vol.52]

Hiroh Shibaoka
Osaka University

Evolutionary studies

The discovery of change of genetic code[vol.2]

Shozo Osawa
JT Biohistory Research Hall


From the sea squirt to me –The evolution of the brain and the mind[vol.9]

Setsuya Fujita
Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine

Making discoveries by introducing new methodologies[vol.53]

Shigetada Nakanishi
Osaka Bioscience Institute


Field science in the 21st century[vol.45]

Takeru Akazawa
Kochi University of Technology

Fisheries sciences

To learn from the crucian[vol.13]

Hiroshi Onozato
Shinshu University

Reproductive biology explored with fish[vol.73]

Yoshitaka Nagahama
Ehime University


The importance of calcium in living creatures[vol.12]

Setsuro Ebashi
University of Tokyo

Proteins and my research history[vol.18]

Kazutomo Imahori
Mitsubishi-Kasei Institute of Life Sciences

The mechanism of long distance flight of the insects[vol.20]

Haruo Chino
Hokkaido University

The research of oxygenase and a sleep substance[vol.28]

Osamu Hayaishi
Kyoto University,Osaka Bioscience Institute Foundation

All about thermophiles[vol.43]

Tairo Oshima
Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science,Tokyo Institute of Technology

Fell in love with enzymes>[vol.44]

Arthur Kornberg
Stanford University School of Medicine

The form of living creatures as seen from the manner of DNA multiplication[vol.46]

Hiroshi Yoshikawa
JT JT Biohistory Research Hall ,Osaka University,Nara Institute of Science and Technorogy

The mysterious of turning ATP synthase[vol.67]

Masasuke Yoshida
Kyoto Sangyo University,Tokyo Institute of Technology


Keeping thinking why animals continue traveling[vol.68]

Katsumi Tsukamoto
University of Tokyo


Continuing to question the essence[vol.40]

Takashi Miyata
Kyoto University

Biophysics, which connects evolution to the form of proteins[vol.47]

Michiko Go
Ochanomizu University,Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology,Nagoya University

Seeking the source of the characteristics of living creatures in physics[vol.49]

Fumio Osawa
Nagoya University.Osaka University,Aichi Institute of Technology

Discover the "fluctuation" in the basiclife phenomenon[vol.58]

Toshio Yanagida
Osaka University


Forty year struggle with muscle contraction[vol.24]

Kosaku Maruyama
Chiba University

Demonstration of the importance of the cerebellum[vol.27]

Masao Ito
RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Earth science

Perspective of biogeochemistry and sociogeochemistry[vol.60]

Eitaro Wada
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology,Kyoto University,
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


Exploring the forests of evolution and biodiversity from statistics[vol.70]

Masami Hasegawa
Fudan University,Institute of Statistical Mathematics

Animal ethology

In monkey’s forest – Find out of Nature’s secret[vol.31]

Yukimaru sugiyama
Kyoto University,Tokaigakuen University

Cognitive science

Seeing the evolution of mind with a spirit of pioneer[vol.72]

Tetsuro Matsuzawa
Kyoto University


Developmental biology and genetics connected by the Drosophilla[vol.16]

Masukichi Okada
University of Tsukuba

The new aspects of hydra with molecular biology[vol.21]

Tsutomu Sugiyama
Ishinomaki Senshu University

Developmental biology of the newt[vol.30]

Tokindo S. Okada
JT Biohistory Research Hall,Kyoto University

The mechanism of reproduction in mammals[vol.36]

Ryuzo Yanagimachi
University of Hawaii

Creating the future of Japanese science-The beginning of embryonic engineering[vol.39]

Motoya Katsuki
National Research Institutes

Neural circuits by trial and error[vol.48]

Hajime Fujisawa
Nagoya University

From a cell to an individual organism[vol.51]

Masatoshi Takeichi
Riken Center for Developmental Biology

From development to evolution -Time of living creatures through the study of sea squirt[vol.56]

Noriyuki Sato
Kyoto University


Serendipity –The discovery of alkaliphilic bacteria[vol.19]

Koki Horikoshi
Toyo University

Molecular genetics

Genetics of behavior –Search for the new theory[vol.42]

Yoshiki Hotta
University of Tokyo,Inter-University Research Institute Corporation

From chromosome research to life inheritance science[vol.54]

Mitsuhiro Yanagida
Kyoto University

Molecular biology

“Intuitional Imagination” –The discovery of RNA modification[vol.5]

Yoshiro Shimura
Kyoto University

Continue thinking about humans and life through the genome[vol.26]

Kenichi Matsubara
Osaka University

The discovery of Okazaki fragment[vol.32]

Tsuneko Okazaki
Fujita Health University

Sheding light on black box of biological clock[vol.55]

Takao Kondo
Takao Kondo

Challenge the human cancer virus[vol.57]

Mitsuaki Yoshida
University of Tokyo

Continuing to question -Immunity, olfaction, and next[vol.63]

Hitoshi Sakano
University of Tokyo

Spreading apart of glycobiology from glutathione metabolism[vol.64]

Naoyuki Taniguchi
Osaka University,RIKEN Advanced Science Institute

Overview and thoroughness. From molecule to cell and developmen[vol.65]

Katsuhiko Mikoshiba
RIKEN Brain Science Institute,University of Tokyo

Molecular genetics flourished with Arabidopsis[vol.71]

Kiyotaka Okada
National Institutes of Natural Sciences,ational Institute for Basic Biology

Link the vital phenomena using chemistry, and connect persons[vol.74]

Akira Isogai
Nara Institute of Science and Technology


What we learned about nature with the oribatid mite classification[vol.41]

Jun-ichi Aoki
Yokohama National University,Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History


The mechanism of immunity and allergy[vol.35]

Kimishige Ishizaka
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and. Immunology

Apply the essence of research to medicine[vol.59]

Tadamitsu Kishimoto
Osaka University

Establish a field to see life from death[vol.66]

Shigekazu Nagata
Kyoto University

Connecting the points of natural immunity[vol.69]

Akira Shizuo
Osaka University

Exploring immunity by changing anxiety into enjoyment[vol.75]

Tadatsugu Taniguchi
University of Tokyo

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