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The Emperor of Japan Is a Scientist. Here's His Latest Published Paper.

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Emperor Akihito, like his father before him, is a scientist with a passion for studying marine life. Although he was never able to pursue a doctorate in the field, Akihito has continued his studies and research throughout his life.

He's published extensively in ichthyology and genetics. Akihito's most recent article is titled "Speciation of two gobioid species, Pterogobius elapoides and Pterogobius zonoleucus revealed by multi-locus nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analyses." You can read an abstract here.

-via Brian Ashcraft

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My dad used to work at the Natural History Museum in London in the Fish department from the 60s to the 90s - Emperor Akihito (then Crown Prince) used to swing by from time to time. Nice to see he's still doing the thing!
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