JSPS awards for eminent scientists
 

Report on the JSPS Award for Eminent Scientists FY2011

  1. Host Researcher
  2. Name:

    Hiroshi Moriyama
    Professor Dr., Department of Chemistry, Toho University


  3. Invited eminent scientist (name, title and affiliation, nationality)
  4. Richard R. Ernst
    Emeritus Professor Dr., Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie
    Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
    Switzerland

  5. Duration of stay

  6. First visit: from November 13th to November 20th (8 days)


  7. Schedule during the visit (date, research activities, names of the places visited, and the descriptions of the visits)

Report on the JSPS Award for Foreign Eminent Scientist
1st visit in FY 2011

First Visit
Year/Month/Day

Visiting place/Contents
Nov. 13th, 2011 Arrived at Narita Airport/Tokyo from India via Singapore in the evening.
Nov. 14th, 2011 Visited Tokyo Institute of Technology (Vice President, Prof. K. Suzuki, and Prof. T. Kusumi), courtesy visit to President Prof. K. Iga. 15:00–16:20: Discussion with young researchers with Dr. Kikuchi, Dr. Ohmori, Dr. Ando, Dr. Hisabori, and Dr. Tsukakoshi. 16:30–18:00: Prof. Dr. R. Ernst: “Fascinating Insights in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine by NMR” (an audience of about 150).
Nov. 15th, 2011 16:40–17:30: Invited Memorial Lecture (ML-06) at ISNMR 2011 at Osanbashi Hall in Yokohama (The International Symposium on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 2011: The 50th Memorial Annual Meeting of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Society of Japan). Prof. Dr. R. Ernst: “The Importance of the Fourier Transform in Spectroscopy. From Monsieur Fourier’s Calculus to Medical Imaging” (an audience of about 350). Discussion with NMR researchers at the Welcoming Party of ISNMR 2011.
Nov. 16th, 2011 10:40–12:10: Lecture and discussion based on the questionnaire for third year chemistry students at Toho University. Mentor: Dr. K. Yamaguchi (an audience of about 100 students). 13:45–15:15: Prof. Dr. R. Ernst “My Pathway into Science and Beyond” for students of the high school attached to Toho University (with simultaneous translation; an audience of about 350 students).
Nov. 17th, 2011 Visited Tokyo University of Science (Prof. K. Soai), courtesy visit to President Prof. A. Fujishima. 13:20–14:30: Prof. Dr. R. Ernst: “Fascinating Insights in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine by NMR and Responsibility and Our Future” (an audience of about 150). Speech at the Banquet of ISNMR 2011 in the evening at Hotel Monterey, Yokohama.
Nov. 18th, 2011 Visited Yokohama National University (Prof. Y. Yokoyama and Prof. K. Sakakibara), courtesy visit to Dean Prof. O. Ishihara and President Prof. K. Suzuki. 14:40–16:10: Prof. Dr. R. Ernst: “Fascinating Insights in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine by NMR” (an audience of about 150). 16:30–17:30: Discussion with two young researchers: Dr. Kawamura and Dr. Inagaki.
Nov. 19th, 2011 10:20–11:50: Open Lecture at Toho University. Prof. Dr. R. Ernst: “My Pathway into Science and Beyond” (with simultaneous translation; an audience of about 200). Luncheon talk with the parents (part of the audience of the Open Lecture in the morning) of Toho University students. Moved to the Narita Hilton Hotel.
Nov. 20th, 2011 Left Tokyo, flew to Zürich from Narita Airport/Tokyo in the morning.

1. Implementation and results of the invitation

With the support of the JSPS Award for Foreign Eminent Scientists, Prof. Dr. Richard Ernst came to Japan twice during the fiscal year 2011. On his first visit (November 13th–20th, 2011), despite his tight schedule, he gave two lectures at Toho University for high school students and for a public audience with simultaneous translation, and three lectures at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo University of Science, and Yokohama National University. In addition, Prof. Ernst gave a Memorial Lecture at ISNMR 2011 in Yokohama (The International Symposium on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 2011: The 50th Memorial Annual Meeting of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Society of Japan).

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. Prof. Ernst was awarded The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1991 for his contribution to the development of the methodology of high-resolution NMR. NMR has now become one of the most important tools in basic scientific research.

During the fall visit, Prof. Ernst gave one lecture for undergraduate 3rd year chemistry students with Dr. Yamaguchi of Toho University as a mentor. Discussion time was arranged based on the prepared questions of the students. Prof. Ernst gave two lectures under the same title, “My Pathway into Science and Beyond”, one for young high school students and one for a public audience as an open lecture, both with simultaneous translation.

Prof. Ernst gave the Invited Memorial Lecture at The International Symposium on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 2011 for the 50th Memorial Annual Meeting of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Society of Japan, and three lectures at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo University of Science, and Yokohama National University. Tokyo Institute of Technology and Yokohama National University were able to arrange sufficient discussion time with Prof. Ernst for young researchers, in addition to his lectures. It was a good opportunity for the young researchers to discuss their own research with Prof. Ernst personally, and they were greatly pleased by these inspiring discussions.

2. Contribution to Toho University as host

On March 11th, 2011, Prof. Ernst experienced the huge earthquake and nuclear power station crisis in Fukushima, at the time of the HOPE meeting in Tokyo. Prof. Ernst wished to deliver his message to young people concerning the responsibility of scientists to society. In this regard, his visit this year was very worthwhile.

During his stays in the last two years, Prof. Ernst delivered four lectures for students and researchers at Toho University last year and two lectures this year. All his lectures were full of humor, and all audience members were greatly impressed by their content.

Toho University is a science-oriented university with four faculties, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Science, Science, and Nursing. We appreciate Prof. Ernst’s contacts with the young students, graduate students, and faculty members. The audiences were greatly impressed by his enthusiastic presentations and were very inspired. In the last slide of his final talks, he emphasized the theme of “Science for Mankind.” This message is especially impressive, being consistent with the founding spirit of Toho University: “Nature, Life, Man”.

3. Acknowledgments

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 the scientific field of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, who became Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 1991—to come to lecture in Japan four times.


 
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