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Koichi Tanaka

Koichi TanakaBorn: 3-Aug-1959
Birthplace: Toyama City, Japan

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: Japan
Executive summary: Refinements in mass spectrometry

Educated at Tohoku University and immediately hired by the Central Research Laboratory of Shimadzu Corporation. There, Tanaka developed a technique of mass spectrometry, called "soft laser desorption", when in 1985 he used the wrong type of Ultra Fine Metallic Powder as a matrix in an experiment (glycerine base instead of cobalt base). When drying the powder, he noticed a signal peak in a place where it was not expected, the result of ionization. This ionization happily made much more accurate spectometry possible.

Mother: (d. 1959)
Wife: Yuko Ikegami (m. 1995)

    High School: Toyama Chubu High School, Toyama Prefecture
    University: Tohoku University (1983)

    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2002 (with John B. Fenn and Kurt WŁthrich)
    Japanese Ancestry



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