Awards & Winners

Yoichiro Nambu

Yoichiro Nambu is a Japanese-born American physicist, currently a professor at the University of Chicago. Known for his contributions to the field of theoretical physics, he was awarded a one-half share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008 for the discovery in 1960 of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics, related at first to the strong interaction's chiral symmetry and later to the electroweak interaction and Higgs mechanism. The other half share was split equally between Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa "for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature."

Awards by Yoichiro Nambu

Check all the awards nominated and won by Yoichiro Nambu.


Nobel Prize in Physics
(for the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics)


Wolf Prize in Physics
(For his contribution to elementary particle theory, including recognition of the role played by spontaneous symmetry-breaking in analogy with superconductivity theory, and the discovery of the color symmetry of the strong interactions.)


National Medal of Science for Physical Science
(For seminal contributions to the understanding of elementary particles and their interactions.)