Japanese technical heritage

Genzo Shimadzu, Sr. and Genzo Shimadzu, Jr. have been selected as this year's recipients of the 2012 Pittcon Heritage Award. The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will be bestow the award posthumously on the founders of Shimadzu Corporation at Pittcon 2012 on March 11 in Orlando, Florida. Japan’s modernization in the second half of the nineteenth century was enabled by the vision of people like Genzo Shimadzu who recognized that the growing interest in Western science and technology could lead to new opportunities in Japan and kick start a whole new industry.