Toshihide Maskawa

Japanese physicist

Toshihide Maskawa (or Masukawa) (益川 敏英, Masukawa Toshihide, born February 7, 1940) is a Japanese theoretical physicist. He is known for his work on CP-violation. He won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature."[1]

益川 敏英
Toshihide Maskawa
Toshihide Masukawa-press conference Dec 07th, 2008-2.jpg
Maskawa in 2008
Born (1940-02-07) February 7, 1940 (age 81)
Alma materNagoya University
Known forWork on CP violation
CKM matrix
AwardsSakurai Prize (1985)
Japan Academy Prize (1985)
Asahi Prize (1994)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2008)
Scientific career
FieldsHigh energy physics (theory)
InstitutionsNagoya University
Kyoto University
Kyoto Sangyo University
Doctoral advisorShoichi Sakata


  1. "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2008". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2009-10-17.