Ryoji Noyori

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Director-General of CRDS, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Distinguished Prefessor, Nagoya University
RIKEN Fellow (Former President of RIKEN)


Ryoji Noyori is a 2001 Nobel laureate in chemistry for his development of chirally catalyzed hydrogenation reactions.


1969–1970 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
1967 Dr. Eng., Kyoto University
1963 Master, Kyoto University
1961 Bachelor, Kyoto University


2015– Director, Science Museum, Japan Science Foundation
2015­– Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS),   Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
2006–2008 Chair, Education Rebuilding Council
2005–2015 Chair, Science and Technology Council, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
2003–2015 President, RIKEN (2015– RIKEN Fellow)
2003– University Professor, Nagoya University
2002–2003 President, The Chemical Society of Japan
1997–1999 Dean, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
1972–2003 Professor, Nagoya University
1968–1972 Associate Professor, Nagoya University
1963–1968 Instructor, Kyoto University

Academy Memberships

Member of Japan Academy and Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Foreign member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences; National Academy of Sciences, USA; Russian Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Sciences, Korea; Royal Society, UK; Polish Academy of Sciences; Chinese Academy of Sciences. Honorary academician of Academia Sinica, Taiwan.


2010 Lomonosov Large Gold Medal (Russian Academy of Sciences)
2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (Sweden)
2001 Roger Adams Award (American Chemical Society)
2001 Wolf Prize in Chemistry (Israel)
2000 Order of Culture (Japanese Government)
1999 King Faisal International Prize for Science (Saudi Arabia)
1998 Person of Cultural Merit (Japanese Government)
1997 Arthur C. Cope Award (American Chemical Society)
1995 Japan Academy Prize
1993 Tetrahedron Prize (UK)
1993 Asahi Prize (Japan)


Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency.

K’s Gobancho, 7, Gobancho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0076, Japan.


Hardships experienced in one’s early years will become the strength with which to open up a new society and a new life for oneself.

“Science has no borders, but scientists have their fatherland.” (Louis Pasteur)
I pray that through deepening mutual understanding, hand-in-hand we can build a prosperous, civilized society that respects cultural diversity.

Letter of Appointment

Left: Dr. Ryoji Noyori / Right: President of Ashinaga Tamai