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Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist. Achievements include discovery of carbon nanotubes, 1991. Fellow: Royal Microscopy Society (honorary); member: National Academy of Sciences (foreign associate), Microscopy Society Japan, Science Council Japan.


Iijima, Sumio was born on May 2, 1939 in Saitama, Japan. Son of Fukumatsu and Take Iijima.


Bachelor of Science, University Electro-Comm., Chofu, Tokyo, 1963. Master of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, 1968.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Antwerp, 2002. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, 2003.


Research associate Research Institute of Science Measurements, Tohoku University, 1968—1974. Senior research associate, department physics Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1970—1982. Research scientist, group leader, ERATO progressive Research Development Corporation Japan, Nagoya, 1982-1987.

Senior research fellow Nippon Electric Corporation Corporation, Tsukuba, Japan, since 1987. Professor department materials science and engineering Meijo University, Nagoya, since 1998. Research director Nanotubulite Project, International Cooperation Research Project, Japan Science & Technology Agency, Tsukuba and Nagoya, 1998—2002.

Director Nanotube Research Center, National Institute Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Tsukuba, since 2001. Dean Sungkyunkwan University Advanced Institute Nanotechnology (SAINT), since 2005. Visiting research scientist, department metallurgy and materials science University Cambridge, England, 1979.

Project reader Advanced Nanocarbon Application Project, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (New Energy & Industrial Development Organization), 2002—2006, Carbon Nanotube Capacitor Development Project, since 2006. Research director CNT Project, Japan Science & Technology Agency/Solution Orientated Research & Technology, 2003—2008. Special adjunct professor Nagoya University, since 2007.


  • Achievements include discovery of carbon nanotubes, 1991.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor Nanostructural Materials, editorial board member Journal Nano, member advisory board Journal Electron Microscopy, Journal Applied Physics, Ultramicroscopy. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow: Royal Microscopy Society (honorary). Member: National Academy of Sciences (foreign associate), Microscopy Society Japan, Science Council Japan.


  • Other Interests

    Flute, tennis, skiing.


Married Aida Nobuko, March 10, 1968. Children: Masako.

Fukumatsu Iijima

Take Iijima

Aida Nobuko

Masako Iijima