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Kōji Nakanishi papers, 1949-2010

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1540
Bib ID 7906287 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Nakanishi, Kōji, 1925-
Title Kōji Nakanishi papers, 1949-2010
Physical Description 34 linear feet (34 record storage cartons)
Language(s) English , Japanese .

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This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.



This collection is arranged in 4 series.



The collection consists of the professional papers of Koji Nakanishi. The files contain correspondence with collaborators, graduate students, and others in the scientific community; files related to patents owned by Nakanishi; and subject files highlighting Nakanishi's scholarly interests and scientific pursuits throughout his career.

  • Series I: Subject/Alphabetical Files

    The subject files series is the largest series in the collection. This series contains files related to Nakanishi's scholarly work, professional service, and awards and recognition that he received for his own scientific work. There are also many subject files that reflect his scholarly interests, particularly his long interest in the potential of ginkgolides for improving vision and memory and his work with Biosphere and Biosphere 2.

  • Series II: Correspondence

    The correspondence series includes correspondence with friends and collaborators in the scientific community, as well as correspondence relating to awards and prizes.

  • Series III: Publications

    The publications series includes copies of Nakanishi's journal articles and other published work, as well as offprints of articles by others.

  • Series IV: Patents

    The patents series includes files related to numerous patents worked on or held by Koji Nakanishi. This series also includes files for grants and other sponsored research.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Koji Nakanishi Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Carrie Hintz and Brandi Rupp, CC 2012 07/--/2012.

Finding aid written Carrie Hintz 08/12/2012.

Revision Description

2012-08-14 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Bioorganic chemistry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chemistry, Organic Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Department of Chemistry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ginkgo Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nakanishi, Kōji, 1925- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vision Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Koji Nakanishi is a bioorganic chemist and Columbia University professor emeritus of chemistry.

Nakanishi was born in Hong Kong on May 11, 1925. He attended Nagoya University where he received his bachelor's, and later his PhD in chemistry. Nakanishi did post-graduate work at Harvard University before returning to Japan where he taught chemistry at a number of Universities.

Nakanishi joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1969 where he taught chemistry and established a natural-products research lab. He and remained part of Columbia's chemistry department for the rest of his career. In 1980 he became the Centennial Professor of Chemistry and is currently a professor emeritus.

Nakanishi's career has focused largely on animal and human vision, including studies intended to accelerate the development of a treatment for macular degeneration. With his current group of graduate students, he is also studying the effects of gingko biloba extract on neurological disorders.

He has received numerous awards and prizes for his scientific work, and the Nakanishi Prize awarded jointly by the American Chemical Society and the Chemical Society of Japan is names in his honor.

Koji Nakanishi has two children, three grandchildren, and is an enthusiastic amateur magician.