A historical person

Oct 2019
1-His father was an inventor

2-He was granted with a prestigious Japanese Award.

3-He made this by the directive of a Frenchman and he had eleven people along with himself.

4-Years later the thing he had done was re-made by someone else and this time it succeeded commercially.

5-He was also interested in botany and had a prize given to amateur botanics.

Who is the person ?