Invited eminent scientist (name, title and affiliation, nationality)
Professor Dr. Richard R. Ernst
Duration of the stay
(Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 1991)
Emeritus Professor of Laboratorium für Physicalische Chemie
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
First visit: from October 5 to October 10 (6 days)
Description of and results from the invitation
For the first visit (October 5–10, 2010) Prof. Dr. Richard Ernst came to Japan, with the support of the JSPS’s Invitation Program of Foreign Eminent Scientist. He arrived at JR Shinagawa station on October 5th after attending the STS Forum in Kyoto and left Japan on October 10th. Despite his tight schedule, he gave four lectures at Toho University and one lecture at the University of Tokyo.
There is no need to emphasize the important role of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) in modern science. Prof. Ernst developed pulse Fourier transform NMR as well as two-dimensional NMR and novel pulse techniques. He also contributed to the development of medical magnetic resonance tomography. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1991 was awarded to Prof. Ernst for his contributions to the development of the methodology of high-resolution NMR.
Thus NMR has become one of the most important tools in basic research also at Toho University. Prof. Ernst was awarded an honorary doctorate from Toho University and as the first eminent guest professor, presented a lecture to students of the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, and Faculty of Medicine.
We appreciate the support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for this program, which has enabled us to invite Prof. Ernst, the most important scientist in this scientific field of magnetic resonance to come to lecture in Japan.