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Grant Willson Receives Japan Prize

On April 24, 2013, C. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, received the Japan Prize for his development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world. The Japan Prize is an international award similar to the Nobel Prize.


The Presentation Ceremony is held in the presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan in Tokyo every April. The events are also attended by the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of House of Councilors, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, foreign ambassadors to Japan and about a thousand other distinguished guests, including eminent academics, researchers and representatives of political, business and press circles.


The week in which the Japan Prize is presented is designated as "Japan Prize Week". During this period, the laureates present commemorative lectures and attend academic discussion meetings. Additional activities include a meeting with the Prime Minister and a visit to The Japan Academy.


Congratulations to Dr. Willson!





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