Jiro Tsuji, Honorary Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan
Jiro Tsuji, born in Shiga prefecture, Japan, in 1927, had undergraduate education at Kyoto University, and spent a few years in a pharmaceutical company in Kyoto. He went to US as a Fulbright exchange student in 1957, and received M.S. with honor from Baylor University in Texas and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1960 working on natural product synthesis. Professor Gilbert Stork was his mentor at Columbia. After returning to Japan, he joined in 1962 the Basic Research Laboratories of Toray Inc. in Kamakura, where he started his life-long research project on organopalladium chemistry. He was invited to Tokyo Institute of Technology as professor in 1974. After the mandatory retirement from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1988, he joined Okayama University of Science and retired in 1999.
His research has focused on synthetic organic chemistry, particularly applications of transition metal-catalyzed reactions to organic synthesis. Among transition metals he used, the most favorite one has been palladium.
For his contribution, he received the Chemical Society of Japan Award (1981), Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award (1989), National Medal with Purple Ribbon from Japanese Government (1994), Synthetic Organic Chemistry Special Award (1998), Japan Academy Prize (2004), and Tetrahedron Prize (2014).