Osamu Shimomura, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 for his discovery of a glowing jellyfish protein that is now ubiquitous in biomedical research, died on Friday in Nagasaki, Japan. He was 90.
Nagasaki University, his alma mater, announced his death.
“Osamu was a quiet and brilliant researcher,” Martin L. Chalfie, a professor of biological sciences at Columbia University who shared the Nobel with Dr. Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien of the University of California, San Diego, said by email. “What always struck me about Osamu was his intense dedication and masterful work on a fundamental problem in biology — how can different organisms generate light? — that was, ironically, far from the limelight before the Nobel.” Read more …
Photo: Osamu Shimomura at a news conference in 2008 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, where he accepted a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of a glowing jellyfish protein that is now ubiquitous in biomedical research. Credit Fredrik Persson/TT News Agency, via Associated Press