Since 2012 the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science have co-sponsored annual international symposiums on a variety of topics concerning research on Japan. This year the symposium, Drive for the Nobel Prize, will be examining Nobel-caliber research at Berkeley and in Asia.
The first day of the Drive for the Nobel Prize on Tuesday, October 31 features talks by Nobel Laureates Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry, 1986), Saul Perlmutter (Physics, 2011) and Takaaki Kajita (Physics, 2015).
At the end of Kajita’s talk, he will be awarded the 2017 Berkeley Japan Prize by CJS, which is presented to individuals whose work reflects a commitment to deepening the understanding of Japan on a global level.
Kajita was co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery that miniscule elementary particles called neutrinos change their state and have mass, He was awarded the prize along with professor Arthur McDonald of Canada, director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Institute and Gordon and a professor of astrophysics at Queen’s University in Canada.
Previous winners of the Berkeley Japan Prize include writer Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood and 1Q84), film director, producer and animator Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and The Wind Rises), and musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor)
The program continues on Wednesday, November 1 with discussions and talks by a Nobel Prize committee member, historians and science journalists, exploring the public and societal roles of Nobel laureates, the relationships between the prize, its publicity and serious science, and how having a Nobel Prize recipient impacts institutions and countries.
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