2018 Japan Prize Honors Pioneers in Medical Science and Energy

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Max D. Cooper and Jacques Miller discovered the dual nature of adaptive immunity, fueling rapid advances in medical science; Akira Yoshino invited the lithium-ion battery, making modern mobile phone and electric vehicle technologies possible

TOKYO, Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Central to its deep commitment to honor the most innovative and meaningful

advances worldwide, The Japan Prize Foundation today announced the laureates of the 2018 Japan Prize, who have pushed the envelope in their respective fields of Medicinal Science and Resources, Energy, Environment and Social Infrastructure. Three scientists are being recognized with the 2018 Japan Prize for original and outstanding achievements that not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind. 

Dr. Max D. Cooper, Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Dr. Jacques Miller, Emeritus Professor at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, are being honored for deciphering the two types of lymphocyte lineages involved in adaptive immunity, laying the conceptual groundwork for our understanding of nearly all fields touched by immunology.

Digitization, the IT revolution, and the mobile revolution centered around cell phones would not have been possible without the advent of compact, lightweight, high capacity, and long-life lithium ion batteries. Dr. Akira Yoshino's work in this area is especially momentous as the foundation of today's lithium ion battery technology and industry.

To honor Drs. Cooper, Miller, and Yoshino, the Japan Prize Foundation will host an award ceremony on April 18, 2018 in Tokyo. Each laureate will receive a certificate of recognition and a commemorative gold medal. A cash award of 50 million Japanese yen (approximately $420,000 USD) will also be given to each laureate. The Japan Prize is highly competitive: the nomination process ends in February, and, every year from March to November, the Foundation considers the nominations of 13,000 prominent scientists and researchers from around the world. 

Currently, the Foundation is in the initial stage of the nomination process for the 2019 Japan Prize, and is asking its selected nominators across the globe to nominate candidates whose achievements they believe to be deserving of the prestigious international prize in the fields of Materials and Production and Biological Production, Ecology. The submission deadline is February 28, 2018. 

About the Japan Prize Foundation The Japan Prize is awarded to scientists and researchers, regardless of nationality, who have made significant contributions to the progress of science and technology, as well as society, to further the peace and prosperity of mankind. While the prize encompasses all fields of science, two fields are designated for the Japan Prize each year. Since its inception in 1985, the Japan Prize Foundation has awarded the Japan Prize to 91 laureates from 13 countries. For additional details about the Japan Prize Foundation and its activities, please visit http://www.japanprize.jp/en. 


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