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Kikunae Ikeda

1864 - 1936

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Kikunae Ikeda (池田 菊苗, Ikeda Kikunae, 8 October 1864 – 3 May 1936) was a Japanese chemist and Tokyo Imperial University professor of chemistry who, in 1908, uncovered the chemical basis of a taste he named umami. It is one of the five basic tastes along with sweet, bitter, sour and salty.Ikeda graduated in 1889 from Tokyo Imperial University in chemistry. In 1891, he became a professor at the Higher Normal School of Tokyo, in 1896 he became an associate professor at Tokyo Imperial University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kikunae Ikeda has received more than 174,257 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Kikunae Ikeda is the 256th most popular chemist (up from 267th in 2019), the 302nd most popular biography from Japan (up from 391st in 2019) and the 5th most popular Japanese Chemist.

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Among chemists, Kikunae Ikeda ranks 256 out of 509Before him are Charles Adolphe Wurtz, Thomas Graham, Karl Barry Sharpless, Charles François de Cisternay du Fay, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, and Geoffrey Wilkinson. After him are Martin Karplus, Carl Auer von Welsbach, Roger D. Kornberg, Christian Friedrich Schönbein, Ignacy Łukasiewicz, and Emil Abderhalden.

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Among people born in 1864, Kikunae Ikeda ranks 48Before him are Eugen d'Albert, Jakob von Uexküll, Qi Baishi, Peter Deunov, Robert E. Park, and Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia. After him are Franz Oppenheimer, Soh Jaipil, Tanaka Giichi, Anagarika Dharmapala, Ahmed Izzet Pasha, and Roman Dmowski. Among people deceased in 1936, Kikunae Ikeda ranks 53Before him are José Sanjurjo, Infante Alfonso Carlos, Duke of San Jaime, Bertha Pappenheim, Duan Qirui, Marcel Grossmann, and Max Schreck. After him are Basil Zaharoff, Carl Stumpf, Mikhail Tomsky, Edward Bach, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, and Saitō Makoto.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Kikunae Ikeda ranks 302 out of 6,048Before him are Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358), Yoshitoshi (1839), Chūya Nakahara (1907), Takeichi Nishi (1902), Tokugawa Iemochi (1846), and Tamotsu Asakura (null). After him are Takashi Kano (1920), Emperor Buretsu (489), Hisaichi Terauchi (1879), Toshiki Kaifu (1931), Shozo Tsugitani (1940), and Jiro Miyake (1900).

Among CHEMISTS In Japan

Among chemists born in Japan, Kikunae Ikeda ranks 5Before him are Satoshi Ōmura (1935), Akira Suzuki (1930), Osamu Shimomura (1928), and Kaoru Ishikawa (1915). After him are Hideki Shirakawa (1936), Kenichi Fukui (1918), Ryōji Noyori (1938), Akira Yoshino (1948), Koichi Tanaka (1959), and Masatoshi Shima (1943).