Hideki Yukawa, first Asian to receive Nobel Prize in Physics

First Asian presented the Nobel Prize in Physics was in 1949

Hideki Yukawa, Japanese Physicist, studied at Kyoto Imperial University and Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, was presented with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1949.

Quote: “for his prediction of the existence of mesons on the basis of theoretical work on nuclear forces.”

Additional Information:

  • : Biographical
    Hideki Yukawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, on 23rd January, 1907, the third son of Takuji Ogawa, who later became Professor of Geology at Kyoto University. The future Laureate was brought up in Kyoto and graduated from the local university in 1929.
  • : Facts
    Atomic nuclei consist of protons and neutrons held together by a strong force. Hideki Yukawa assumed that this force is borne by particles and that there is a relationship between the range of the force and the mass of the force-bearing particle.
  • : Nobel Lecture (via the Wayback Machine) – PDF
    The meson theory started from the extension of the concept of the field of force so as to include the nuclear forces in addition to the gravitational and electromagnetic forces.
  • : Banquet Speech
    The Nobel-Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences gave a great benefit not only to myself, but also to all the Japanese, because they were all extremely rejoiced by the decision of the Academy and they were very much encouraged by it on their way of reconstruction of Japan as a peaceful and cultural country.
  • : Nominations
    Nominated on 24 occasions for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Hideki Yukawa – Wikipedia
    Hideki (né Ogawa) Yukawa ForMemRS[1] FRSE (湯川 秀樹 Yukawa Hideki?, 23 January 1907 – 8 September 1981), was a Japanese theoretical physicist and the first Japanese Nobel laureate.
  • Yukawa Hideki | Japanese physicist | Britannica.com
    Yukawa Hideki , (born January 23, 1907, Tokyo, Japan—died September 8, 1981, Kyōto), Japanese physicist and recipient of the 1949 Nobel Prize for Physics for research on the theory of elementary particles.
  • Hideki Yukawa facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles …
    Hideki Yukawa, incentor of the meson theory of nuclear forces, was the fifth of seven children born to Takuji and Koyuki Ogawa. Both parents came from scholarly families of the samurai tradition.
  • Hideki Yukawa – Chemistry Encyclopedia – mass – Chemistry Explained
    Hideki Ogawa (he changed his surname upon marrying Sumi Yukawa) was born on January 23, 1907, in Tokyo. A year thereafter his family moved to Kyoto, where he was raised and attended school.
  • Hideki Yukawa Facts – Biography – YourDictionary
    Hideki Yukawa was born in Tokyo on Jan. 23, 1907. His father was a professor of geology at Kyoto University, and Yukawa grew up in an academically-oriented household which focused his attention on science from his early years.
  • Hideki Yukawa Biography – Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline
    Hideki Yukawa was a renowned Japanese theoretical physicist and the first Japanese to be awarded the Nobel Prize. This biography of Hideki Yukawa provides detailed information about his childhood, life, research, achievements and timeline.
      December 10th 1949
      Hideki Yukawa
      Japanese Physicist

Hideki Yukawa


      January 23, 1907, Tokyo, Japan
      September 8, 1981, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
      Sumi Yukawa (m. 1932–1981)

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