June 18, 2011

JAPAN: Kobe University's Yoshie Soma, 69, honoured

TOKYO / The Japan Times / Life in Japan / June 18, 2011

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has named Yoshie Soma, 69, as one of the 23 most distinguished women in chemistry and chemical engineering, the Chemical Society of Japan said.

Soma, a special adviser to the president of Kobe University, is known for her research on the use of copper carbonyl catalyst in organic synthesis and the recycling of carbon dioxide. She graduated from Kobe University in 1965 and lives in Osaka Prefecture.

The others named include Ada Yonath, a professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry, and Thai Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, a well-known chemist who heads the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Thailand. The accolade was established among other events to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, which the U.N. declared.

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Distinguished Women in Chemistry / Chemical Engineering

2011 International Year of Chemistry Project

Brazil
Vanderlan Bolzani
Canada
Linda F. Nazar

France
Nicole J. Moreau

Germany
Luisa De Cola-Germany
Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus

Hungary
Magdolna Hargittai
Klára Tóth

Israel
Ada E. Yonath
Japan
Yoshie Souma

Kuwait
Nouria A. Al-Awadi
Faizah Mohammed Abdel Mohsin Al-Kharafi

Netherlands
Carolyn Ribes

Poland
Izabela Nowak

Russia
Natalia Tarasova

Sweden
Sara Snogerup Linse

Thailand
H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol

Turkey
Ayse Aroguz

United Kingdom
Véronique Gouverneur
Lesley J. Yellowlees

United States of AmericaNovella Bridges
Joanna Fowler
Nancy B. Jackson
Susan M. Kauzlarich