"Japanese as 'Rice Growers' in Big Science" Toshihide Maskawa (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2008)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:30


OIST Auditorium


10/8 (Wed)    Open 18:30   Start 19:00     Admission Free/Reservation Required

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Live streaming of the lecture will start at 7pm October 8 (JST) (Japanese audio only).


The twentieth century is sometimes referred to as “The Century of Physics.” Researchers, studying elementary particle physics, have built accelerators 27 kilometers in circumference at a depth of 100 meters. Japanese researchers have contributed significantly to this “Big Science” through multiple international collaborations, helping explore the most fundamental building blocks of matter. Just as the rice growers must work well as a team to successfully harvest their crop, researchers must too work well in a group in order for their collaborations to harvest success. In his lecture Prof. Maskawa will discuss the distinctive characteristics of Japanese scientists as good team players and how their excellent team work contributes to the success of international research.


After receiving PhD in particle physics from the University of Nagoya in 1967, he worked at Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo. In 1980, he was appointed professor at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics of Kyoto University, where later from 1997 to 2003 he became director. In 2003 he was named Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University. Since 2010 he has been director of the Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute for the Origin of Particles and the Universe (KMI).

Professor Toshihide Maskawa was awarded one-fourth of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics for "the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature."

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