The Birth of Neutrino Astrophysics

Nobel Laureate Professor Masatoshi Koshiba lectures April 17th

University of Hawaiʻi
Arikka Johnson, (808) 956-5790
College of Arts and Sciences
Posted: Apr 11, 2006

HONOLULU — The Colleges of Arts and Sciences of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa continue their Nobel Laureate Lecture Series with a presentation on Monday, April 17, 2006, by university professor and Nobel prizewinner, Masatoshi Koshiba. Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Architecture Auditorium, Room 205, Architecture Building, University Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, this lecture is FREE and open to the public. Koshiba will describe how to observe the extremely penetrating fundamental particle, the neutrino, and then explain the implications of the existence of this peculiar particle in our universe. He will even unveil such things as how we can "see" inside the sun.

Professor Koshiba was born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan in 1926. He graduated in 1951 from the Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, and received a PhD in physics in 1955 from the University of Rochester in New York state. He became a professor at the University of Tokyo in 1970 and became Emeritus Professor in 1987. He was a professor at Tokai University from 1987 to 1997.

Koshiba has always been at the forefront of physics, performing experiments in cosmic ray physics and high-energy experiments with positron-electron colliders. For his outstanding achievements over the years, he has received many awards, including Der Grosse Verdienstkreutz from the president of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1985, the Nishina Prize, the Asahi Prize, the Order of Cultural Merit, an Academy Award from the Academy of Japan, the Fujiwara Prize, the Order of Culture, and the Wolf prize. He and colleague Raymond Davis won the 2002 Nobel Prize for solar neutrino studies.

This special lecture of the Nobel Laureate Series is made possible by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor‘s Office, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Visitor Endowment Fund in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please call the Office of Community and Alumni Relations, Colleges of Arts and Sciences, 956-5790.