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 March 9 to March 17 (9 days)
Description of and results from the invitation
Prof. Ernst visited Japan for the second time during March 9–17, 2011. At the JSPS HOPE meeting, the group discussion, held on the afternoon of March 10th, was particularly fruitful. The small number of participants prepared their own questions in advance. These were wide-ranging, for example: ‘What the research for you?’, ‘In your academic career, what is the most important thing?’. Dr. Kosei E. Yamaguchi of Toho University chaired this session as mentor and Prof. Ernst answered these questions sincerely. On the following day, he gave a plenary lecture at the HOPE meeting ’My Pathway into Science and Beyond’.
During his visit there was one day (March 12th) available for presenting a lecture to young high school students of Toho University, But unfortunately, it had to be canceled due to the huge March 11th earthquake (when all transportation was stopped). Other lecture programs nonetheless proceeded as planned. On March 14th he gave a lecture on ‘NMR and its Nobel Glory’ at Nagoya University and the NIPS International Symposium ‘International Symposium on Encounter and Leaps in Science‘ organized by Prof. Kuniaki Nagayama took place on March 15th Lecture title of Prof. Ernst was ’Skhavati, an Ancient Buryat Painting Analysis by Raman Spectroscopy’ On March 16th afternoon Prof. Ernst visited High-pressure Protein Research Center (Prof. Kazuyuki Akasaka) at Kinki University and gave a lecture on ’Fascinating Insights in Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine by NMR’.
All Prof. Ernst’s lectures were full of humor and all audiences were very impressed by their content.
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.