Tasuku Honjo

1942 - Today

Tasuku Honjo

Tasuku Honjo (本庶 佑, Honjo Tasuku, born January 27, 1942) is a Japanese physician-scientist and immunologist. He shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and is best known for his identification of programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1). He is also known for his molecular identification of cytokines: IL-4 and IL-5, as well as the discovery of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) that is essential for class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation.He was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (2001), as a member of German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina (2003), and also as a member of the Japan Academy (2005). In 2018, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with James P. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tasuku Honjo has received more than 16,934,271 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 153rd most popular physician.

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Among physicians, Tasuku Honjo ranks 152 out of 438Before him are Ibn Zuhr, Louis Ignarro, Elizabeth Blackwell, Albert of Riga, Bernard Kouchner, and Guy de Chauliac. After him are Kitasato Shibasaburō, Pietro Andrea Mattioli, Joseph Calasanz, Andrew Schally, August von Wassermann, and Haldan Keffer Hartline.

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Among people born in 1942, Tasuku Honjo ranks 79Before him are Françoise Dorléac, Mirjana Marković, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vladimír Mečiar, Stanley B. Prusiner, and Lee Kun-hee. After him are Pál Schmitt, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, Daniel Dennett, and László Sólyom.

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Among people born in Japan, Tasuku Honjo ranks 181 out of 3,113Before him are Ōkubo Toshimichi (1830), Emperor Go-Hanazono (1419), Emperor Hanzei (336), Amakusa Shirō (1621), Honda Tadakatsu (1548), and Junko Tabei (1939). After him are Emperor Ankō (401), Yosa Buson (1716), Emperor Antoku (1178), Kitasato Shibasaburō (1853), Emperor Tenmu (631), and Shigeru Yoshida (1878).


Among physicians born in Japan, Tasuku Honjo ranks 2Before him are Shirō Ishii (1892). After him are Kitasato Shibasaburō (1853), Hakaru Hashimoto (1881), Shinya Yamanaka (1962), Kiyoshi Shiga (1871), and Akira Endo (1933).

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