Koji Nakanishi Date of birth: May 11, 1925, Hong Kong

Home address: 560 Riverside Drive, Apt 9J, New York, New York 10027

tel. 212-663-7605, fax 212-932-6289, e-mail <kn5@columbia.edu>

Office address: Dept. Chem., Columbia University, 3000 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Education: B.Sc.: Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University 1947

Post-graduate: Harvard University (L.F. Fieser) 1950-52

Ph.D.: Nagoya University (F.Egami/Y.Hirata) 1954


Assistant Professor, Dept. Chem., Nagoya University 1955-58

Professor, Dept. Chem., Tokyo Kyoiku University 1958-63

Professor, Dept. Chem., Tohoku University, Sendai 1963-69

Professor, Dept. Chem., Columbia Univ. 1969-80

Centennial Professor, Dept. Chem., Columbia Univ. 1980-

Director of Research, Intl. Centre Insect Physiol. & Ecol., Kenya 1969-77

Director, Suntory Institute for Bioorganic Research, Osaka 1979-91

Director of Chem. Unit, Columbia U. Biosphere 2 Center, Arizona 2001-2003


PAPERS: ca. 800.

BOOKS: Authored, co-authored, edited 9 books, co-edited a 9-volume series on natural products.

Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy-Practical, 1962 & 1977, pp.287, Holden-Day/Nankodo.

Natural Products Chemistry, Vol.I, 1974, pp.562; Vol. II, 1975, pp.586; Vol. III, 1983, pp.700. Kodansha/Academic Press.

Circular Dichroic Spectroscopy-Exciton Coupling in Organic Stereochemistry, with N. Harada, 1983, pp. 460, University Science Books/Tokyo Kagaku Dojin

Biophys. Studies of Retinal Proteins, 1987, pp.304, co-ed. T.G. Ebrey, B. Honig, H. Frauenfelder, U. Illinois Press.

One-Dimensional & Two-Dimensional NMR Spectra by Modern Pulse Techniques, 1990, pp.234, ed., Kodansha/University Science Books.

A Wandering Natural Products Chemist (autobiography),1991, pp.230, Am. Chem. Soc.

Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry, 1999, 9 vols., co-ed. D.H.R. Barton, O. Mett-Cohn, Elsevier.

Circular Dichroism, 1994 & 2000, pp.877, co-ed. N. Berova, R.W. Woody, Wiley-VCH, New York.


Award in Pure Chemistry, Chem. Soc. Japan (1954);

Asahi Cultural Prize (1968);

Schering Prize (1976)

E. Guenther Award, Am. Chem. Soc. (1978);

Scientific Workers Union Medal, Bulgaria (1978);

Chem. Soc. Japan Award (1979);

Centenary Medal, British Chem. Soc.(1979);

E.E.Smissman Medal, Univ. Kansas (1979);

H.C.Urey Award, Columbia Univ. (1980);

1 st Remsen Award, Am. Chem. Soc., Maryland Section (1981);

1 st Research Achievement Award, Am. Soc. Pharmacognosy (1985);

Alcon Ophthalmology Award (1986);

Paul Karrer Gold Medal, Univ. Zurich(1986);

E. Havinga Medal, Havinga Foundation, Leiden (1989);

Imperial Prize of Japan Academy (1990);

Japan Academy Prize (1990);

A.C. Cope Award, Am. Chem. Soc.(1990);

R.T. Major Medal, Univ. Connecticut (1991);

L.E. Harris Award, Univ. Nebraska (1991);

Nichols Medal, Am. Chem. Soc., New York Section (1992);

Scheele Award, Swedish Acad. Pharm. Sciences (1992);

Mosher Award, Am. Chem. Soc., Santa Clara Valley Section (1994);

Schering Prize (1994)

National Acad. Sciences Award in Chem. Sciences (1994);

Chirality Gold Medal, Intnl. Symp. Chirality (1995);

Am. Chem. Soc. Intnl. Award in Agrochemicals (1995);

J. Heyrovsky Honorary Gold Medal, Czech Acad. Sciences (1995);

Robert A. Welch Award in Chem. (1996);

“Person of Cultural Merit” Award, Japanese Government (1999);

1st Environmental Award, Am. Museum Natural History, Friends of Fishes (2000);

Arun Guthikonda Research Achievement Award (2000);

1st K. T. Wang Bioorganic Award (Bioorg. Chem. Foundation, Taipei, 2001);

King Faisal International Prize, King Faisal Foundation (2003):

Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry (2005);

Nagoya Gold Medal (2005)

International Soc. Chem. Ecology Silver Medal (2007)



Nakanishi Prize established jointly in 1996 by Am. Chem. Soc. & Chem. Soc. Japan, to recognize achievements in chemical and spectroscopic methods in the study of biological phenomena; Honorary issues of Chirality,, 9; Nos. 5 & 6 (1997);

Honorary issues of Heterocycles, 47, Nos. 1 & 2. (1998)

Honorary issue of Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry 13, no. 17, 4973-5320 (2005).

“The Biology-Chemistry Interface – A Tribute to Koji Nakanishi” R. Cooper, J.K. Snyder ed., Marcel Dekker, Inc., pp. 491 (1998)

“Advances in Natural Product Chemistry: In Honor of Professor Nakanishi’s 80th birthday”, 2005 A symposium at Pacifichem (2005)


Fellow :Am. Acad. Arts & Sciences (1973); NY Acad. Science (1980); Am. Soc. Pharmcognosy (1985); Academia Nazionale delle Scienze, Italy (1993); Am. Assoc. Adv. Sci. (1996).

D. Sc.: Williams College (1987); Georgetown Univ. (1992).

Dr. of Honor in Pharmacy. Uppsala Univ. (2005)

Hon. Prof.: Shanghai Inst. Materia Medica (1995); Tohoku University (2003).

Hon. Member: Pharm. Soc. Japan (1991); Chem. Soc. Japan (1997); Biochem. Soc. Japan (2002).