Dr. Hitoshi Kihara

Dr. Hitoshi Kihara

The History of the Earth
is recorded in the Layers of its Crust;
The History of all Organisms
is inscribed in the Chromosomes.

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Dr. Hitoshi Kihara was born in Tokyo on 21 October 1893. He graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido Imperial University and served as the Faculty of Agriculture Professor of Kyoto University from 1927 to 1956, the National Institute of Genetics from 1955 to 1969, and also served Kihara Institute for Biological Studies (Foundation) from 1942 to 1984. He held the degree of Doctor of Science, and was a member of Japan Academy. He died on 27 July 1986.

Dr. Kihara had achieved significant results in a number of studies of evolutionary biology and genetics of higher plants. In particular, the proposal of the genome theory which he published in 1936 was one of the most important achievements. He discovered the ancestors of cultivated wheat, and the sex chromosomes of higher plants by using sorrel and he created a seedless watermelon. Also including study of the cytoplasm inheritance, his researches have been appreciated all over the world. In addition, he traveled overseas in search of plants, and carried out a number of field work. Meanwhile Dr. Kihara was outstanding performance in the field of sports, even as the one of the major members in the early days of skiing in Japan, and also serving as president of the players Winter Olympics. Cultural Merit was awarded in 1948, consecrated as Cultural Contributor in 1951, he had received the conferment of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in 1975.