After World War II, Negishi’s family moves to Japan. He attends junior high school and high school in the area called “Rinkan” close to Tokyo.
Negishi works as Brown's assistant for four years.
Negishi passes a rigorous exam to attend the University of Tokyo in 1953. He gains his BSc there in 1958.
His interest in organometallic chemistry leads him to join H.C. Brown's group at Purdue University as a postdoctoral researcher for two years.
Negishi applies for a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US and is chosen as one of only two out more than 150 applicants. Negishi spends three years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtains his PhD in December, 1963 under the guidance of Professor A.R. Day.
Ei-ichi Negishi is born on July 14, 1935 in Changchun, the capital of what was then Japanese-controlled Manchukuo (now in Jilin, China). During World War II, his family lives in Seoul, Korea. He has four siblings.
That same year he returns to Purdue, where he teaches until today. Negishi is married to Sumire, the daughter of his former high school music teacher. They have a daughter.
During the latter half of his junior year, Negishi applies for a scholarship from a synthetic polymer company, Teijin, and successfully obtains it with the agreement that he would join Teijin upon graduation. There he is assigned to be a research chemist at the main research facility, which was then located near Hiroshima.
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 2010, is awarded to Richard F Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for their work on ‘palladium- catalysed cross couplings in organic synthesis’. In the Negishi coupling the palladium is first oxidized, making it more efficient. Negishi coupling is used to produce the painkiller naproxen and the cancer treatment taxol, as well as fluorescent marking for DNA sequencing and in creating materials for thin LED displays.
In 1972 he moves to Syracuse University in New York, where he becomes professor in 1979.