Susumu Tonegawa, first Asian to receive Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

First Asian presented the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was in 1987

Susumu Tonegawa, Japanese-born researcher of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge. MA, USA, was presented with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1987.

Quote: “for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity.”

Additional Information:

  • Susumu Tonegawa: Biographical
    was born in Nagoya, Japan on September 6th, 1939, the second of three sons. I have also a younger sister.
  • Susumu Tonegawa: Facts
    The immune system includes antibodies that neutralize substances foreign to the body and microorganisms.
  • Susumu Tonegawa: Nobel Lecture – 2 minute video
    Susumu Tonegawa held his Nobel Lecture on 8 December 1987, at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. He was presented by Professor Hans Wigzell of the Karolinska Institutet.
  • Susumu Tonegawa: Banquet Speech
    Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen. I have great difficulties in finding proper words to express my heartfelt gratitude to those in the Committee and Assembly who considered my work worthy of this ultimate recognition. It is, indeed, a high honor that you have bestowed upon me today.
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  • Susumu Tonegawa – Wikipedia
    Susumu Tonegawa (利根川 進 Tonegawa Susumu, born September 6, 1939) is a Japanese scientist who was the sole recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987, for his discovery of the genetic mechanism that produces antibody diversity.
  • Tonegawa Laboratory – Neuroscience Research Lab at MIT
    Combining the most cutting-edge techniques available in modern neuroscience, we seek to unravel the molecular, cellular, and neural circuit mechanisms that underlie learning and memory.
  • Susumu Tonegawa – Tonegawa Laboratory
    Susumu Tonegawa received his Ph.D. from UCSD. He then undertook postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute in San Diego, before working at the Basel Institute for Immunology in Basel, Switzerland, where he performed his landmark immunology experiments.
  • Susumu Tonegawa, PhD |
    Susumu Tonegawa uses genetically engineered mice to investigate neural development and the molecular, cellular, and neural circuit mechanisms underlying learning and memory.
  • Susumu Tonegawa—Japan’s First Nobel Laureate in Physiology or …
    The first Japanese recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was Susumu Tonegawa, who won the 1987 prize for his fundamental discoveries concerning the body’s production of antibodies.
      Susumu Tonegawa

Susumu Tonegawa


      September 6, 1939 (age 77 years), Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
      Mayumi Yoshinari Tonegawa
      Satto Tonegawa

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