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Imperial Biologists

The Imperial Family of Japan and Their Contributions to Biological Research

Authors: Mohri, Hideo

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  • Describes how the Imperial Family of Japan has contributed to the field of biology for three generations, in topics such as hydrozoa research, the phylogeny of gobies, and DNA analysis of fowl domestication
  • Written by an eminent biologist who has given lectures to the Emperor, drawing on the scientific articles and books written by the members of the imperial family
  • Highlights the International Prize for Biology, which was established in honor of Emperor Showa to encourage research in basic biological science
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This book sheds light on a little-known aspect of the Imperial family of Japan: For three generations, members of the family have devoted themselves to biological research. Emperor Showa (Hirohito) was an expert on hydrozoans and slime molds. His son, Emperor Akihito, is an ichthyologist specializing in gobioid fishes, and his research is highly respected in the field. Prince Akishino, Emperor Akihito’s son, is known for his research on giant catfish and the domestication of fowl, while Prince Hitachi, Emperor Akihito’s brother, has conducted research on cancer in animals.

The book shows how they became interested in biology, how seriously they were committed to their research, what their main scientific contributions are, and how their achievements are valued by experts at home and abroad.

To commemorate the 60-year reign of Emperor Showa and his longtime devotion to biology, the International Prize for Biology was founded in 1985. The prize seeks to recognize and encourage researches in basic biology. A list of winners and a summary of their research are presented in the last part of the book.

The author, an eminent biologist who has given lectures to the Imperial Family, explains their research and tells the fascinating story of biology and the Imperial Family of Japan. The book is a valuable resource, not only for biology students and researchers, but also for historians and anyone interested in science and the Royal and Imperial families. 


About the authors

Hideo Mohri
D.Sc., Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo and Former Director-General of the National Institute for Basic Biology 

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • His Majesty Emperor Showa (Hirohito) [1901–1989]—The First of Three Generations of Imperial Biologists

    Mohri, Hideo

    Pages 1-75

  • Emperor Akihito [1933–] and Prince Hitachi [1935–]—The Second Generation Biologists

    Mohri, Hideo

    Pages 77-148

  • Prince Akishino [1965–] and Sayako Kuroda [1969–]—The Third Generation Biologists

    Mohri, Hideo

    Pages 149-176

  • The International Prize for Biology

    Mohri, Hideo

    Pages 177-194

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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-6756-4
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Hardcover $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-6755-7
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imperial Biologists
Book Subtitle
The Imperial Family of Japan and Their Contributions to Biological Research
Authors
Translated by
Kawazoe, Y.
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-6756-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-6756-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-6755-7
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 204
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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