Organic chemist. Inventor of boron version of palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction. Investigated stereochemistry of hydroboration reaction. Suzuki reaction kept evolving. Became interested in organic chemistry after reading textbook.
"There were difficult and joyful periods. Memories of tough, trying experiences tend to fade with time. Now I think mainly about fun things."
"I learned many things from Professor Herbert C. Brown, 'Do research that will be in the textbooks.' It is not easy to do such work, but this has remained my motto."
Name: Akira Suzuki
Birth: 12 September 1930, Mukawa, Japan
Institution: Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Award: "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis"
Subject: organic chemistry Portion of cash: 1/3
Post Doc Mentor: Herbert Charles Brown
Honoring Akira Suzuki