Academy of Distinguished Alumni

saburo matsui

Saburo Matsui

B.E., Sanitary Engineering, Kyoto University, 1964
M.E., Sanitary Engineering, Kyoto University, 1966
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1972

Saburo Matsui was born in Osaka, Japan in 1944 and has been conducting research on micro-pollutants in water for more than 30 years. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Technology and Ecology at Kyoto University.

After completing his education at Kyoto University’s eminent environmental engineering and sanitary sciences program, he came to University of Texas to earn a Ph.D. He then served as Chief Engineer for the Wastewater Treatment Plant for the Kashima Petroleum Complex for the Ibaraki Prefecture Government in Japan. He joined the faculty of Kyoto University in 1986, where he remained until his retirement in 2007. While there, he developed a world-renown, environmental engineering and environmental research facility. Matsui’s research field in water pollution control includes industrial wastewater treatment, sewage treatment, ecological sanitation, eutrophication of lakes, and micro-pollutants of heavy metals, DNA damaging and endocrine disturbance.

In 1996, he began research on endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment and has since contributed to the areas of identification and evaluation of human estrogen contamination in water. He received international recognition when he identified micro-organic contaminants and developed instrumentation for their detection.

Matsui has been a long time contributor to the International Water Association and was a member of Scientific and Technical Panel of Global Environmental Facility, United Nations. He has also received the Academic Prize from the Japan Society on Water Environment and the Vollenweider Lectureship in Aquatic Sciences from the Canadian National Water Research Institute, which is granted annually to an eminent freshwater scientist for global contribution to advancement of aquatic sciences.