Date of Birth and Death
March 24, 1884 - November 8, 1968
Birthplace (modern name)
Occupation, Status
Scholar (Natural Science)


Organic chemist. After graduating from the Saga Normal School Women’s Division in 1901, she entered the Tokyo Women’s Higher Normal School Graduate School of Science, and became an assistant professor. She entered Tohoku Imperial University in 1913, which had begun accepting admissions from women, and became one of the first female Imperial University students. Under the guidance of MASHIMA Toshiyuki, she studied the medical ingredient shikonin, and from 1921 to 1923 she studied abroad at Cambridge University as a researcher of the Ministry of Education. In 1929, she was awarded a doctorate of science from Tohoku Imperial University for her thesis “The composition of carthamine”. In 1949, KURODA became the first professor of biological science courses in the Chemistry Department of the Science Faculty at Ochanomizu Women’s University. In 1958, Nihon Fujin Kagakusha no Kai (The Society of Japanese Women Scientists) was established and she assumed its presidency.



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