Yoshinori Ohsumi Age, Biography & More


Real Name大隅 良典 Ōsumi Yoshinori
NicknameNot Known
ProfessionJapanese cell biologist
Awards/Achievements• In 2006, won Japan Academy Prize.
• In 2009, won Asahi Prize (Asahi Shimbun).
• In 2012, won Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences.
• In 2015, won Gairdner Foundation International Award.
• In 2015, won International Prize for Biology.
• In 2016, won Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences.
• On 3 October 2016, won Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
Weightin Kilograms- 62 kg
in Pounds- 137 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of BirthFebruary 9, 1945
Age (as in 2016)71 Years
Birth PlaceFukuoka, Japan
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
HometownFukuoka, Japan
SchoolNot Known
CollegeUniversity of Tokyo
Educational QualificationsPostdoctoral researcher
FamilyFather- Not Known
Mother- Not Known
Brothers- 4 (all elder)
Sister- Not Known
ReligionNot Known
HobbiesReading Science Journals
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
ChildrenSon- Not Known
Daughter- Not Known


Some Lesser Known Facts About Yoshinori Ohsumi

  • Does Yoshinori Ohsumi smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Yoshinori Ohsumi drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • He was born at the end of World War II in Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu in Japan.
  • Initially he was interested in Chemistry and later he switched his focus to Molecular Biology.
  • He is the youngest of 4 brothers.
  • In 1974, he received his PhD from the University of Tokyo.
  • Before coming back to Japan in the late 1980s, he spent several years at the Rockefeller University in New York.
  • Ohsumi is considered as the 1st scientist to define cell recycling.
  • On October 3, 2016, he became the 25th Japanese to receive a Nobel Prize and the 4th in the Medicine category.
  • The main focus of his work is on how cells break down and recycle their content termed as- autophagy (self-eating).
  • His research could help explain a number of diseases/disorders like- Cancer, Parkinson’s (neurological disorder), Alzheimer’s (neurological disorder).