1959 - Born on the 3rd of August in Toyama City, Japan.
1980 - Tanaka reported a method, called soft laser desorption, in which the sample, in solid or viscous form, is bombarded with a laser pulse.
1983 - Tanaka received an engineering degree from Tohoku University.
2002 - He was appointed fellow of the corporation, a position comparable to executive director.
- Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Tanaka's prizewinning work expanded the applications of mass spectrometry, an analytic technique used in many fields of science since the early 20th century.
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