Nishina Asia Award

The Nishina Asia Award has been established in 2012 as one of the activities of the Nishina Memorial Foundation to recognize an outstanding achievement by young Asian scientist in the field of basic physics. The Award will be granted to one person every year. A medal and monetary prize of JPY 400,000 will be awarded to the winner. The winner will be invited to the award ceremony on December 6 (Dr. Nishina’s Birth Day), and to visit universities and/or institutions in Japan within 1 week, giving talks on the work recognized in the award. The travel expenses will be covered by the Nishina Memorial Foundation. The intent of this award is to recognize and to inspire a young Asian scientist in the early part of his or her career. Candidates are only accepted up to 15 years after the completion of their PhD. Based on this limitation, any persons from Asia (excluding Japan), who are working in Asia and have contributed significantly to the field of basic physics, are eligible for consideration. The award winner will be chosen by a selection committee, and he or she will be announced in August. The winners so far are as shown below.


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2022Dr. Suvrat RajuProfessor, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru, India “his original and influential insights into the resolution of the black hole information paradox and the principle of holography in quantum gravity.”


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2021Dr. Wang YaoChair Professor, Department of Physics, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China “his pioneering contributions to valleytronics in two-dimensional semiconductors and van der Waals heterostructures.”

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin Vol. 32, issue 1, January 2022 click here


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2020Dr. Ying JiangBoya Distinguished Professor, International Center for Quantum Materials, School of Physics, Peking University, China his seminal contributions to the understanding of structure and dynamics of interfacial water on the atomic scale.

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin No.5 2020 click here


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2019Dr. Chao-Yang LuProfessor of Physics, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science
at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China
his outstanding contributions to quantum information science with single photons.

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin No.5 2019 click here


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2018Dr. Yu-tin HuangAssociate Professor, National Taiwan University, Taiwanhis contributions to uncovering hidden symmetries and structures in S-matrix of gauge and gravity theories.

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin No.5 2018 click here


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2017Dr. Hongming WengProfessor, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Chinahis theoretical contributions to the discovery of Weyl semimetals.

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin No.5 2017 click here


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2016Dr. Seok KimAssociate Professor, Seoul National University, Republic of KoreaEvaluation of Supersymmetry Indices of M2 and M5 Brane Theories

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin No.5 2016 click here


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2015Dr. Ke HeAssociate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, Chinahis outstanding contributions to the first experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall effect.

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin No.5 2015 click here


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2014Dr. Yuanbo ZhangProfessor, Dept. of Physics, Fudan University,
Shanghai, China
his outstanding contributions to the elucidation of electronic properties of monolayer and bilayer graphene.

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin No.5 2014 click here


Year Recipients Affiliation Citation
2013Dr. Shiraz MinwallaProfessor, The Dept. of Theoretical Physics,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
his seminal work which uncovered the deep relation between the equations of fluid dynamics and Einstein’s equations of General Relativity.

The citation in AAPPS Bulletin No.5 2013 click here