Affected by a book about hydroboration, Akira Suzuki decides to do a postdoctoral research in the United States under Professor Herbert Charles Brown, a Nobel laureate in chemistry in 1979. The group under Professor Brown research the hydroboration reaction, which is the reaction of alkenes with borane to produce organic boron compounds.
Akira Suzuki studies chemistry at the Hokkaido University in Sapporo. In his first semester he reads a book about organic chemistry and is so impressed that he choose this as his main subject. In 1954 he earns his bachelor's degree.
In 1959 Akira Suzuki receives his doctorate. His thesis is about the "Synthesis of the Model Compounds of Diterpene Alkaloids”, attaching great importance to organometallic compounds for organic synthesis.
Akira Suzuki discovers serendipitously that organoboron compounds produce alkyl radicals under small amounts of oxygen catalyst.
Akira Suzuki is born in Mukawa, a town in Hokkaido, in 1930.
After returning to Japan, Akira Suzuki is appointed as an assistant professor. With the knowledge and the experience made in the United States he creates his own research plan.
He and his group discover that a certain kind of haloborane derivative adds to terminal carbon-carbon triple bonds in 1981. One year later Akira Suzuki is invited to the United States to report about haloboration.
After his PhD Akira Suzuki works as a research assistant in the Chemistry Department at the Hokkaido University.
Till 2002 Akira Suzuki works at the Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts.
The next two years Akira Suzuki is an assistant professor of the Synthetic Organic Chemistry Laboratory at the Faculty of Engineering.
From 1973 till 1994 Akira Suzuki is professor for Applied Chemistry. In 1988 he is visiting professor at the University of Wales.
After his retirement Akira Suzuki as a professor for Synthetic Organic Chemistry at the University Okayama.
After visiting primary school in Mukawa, Akira Suzuki attends the secondary school in Tomakomai, where he starts to be interested in mathematics.
The Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2010 goes to Akira Suzuki, Richard Heck and Ei-ichi Negishi “for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis". Heck was responsible for the groundwork and Akira Suzuki and Negishi for the refinements.