Nishina Memorial Prize

Every year since 1955, the Nishina Memorial Prize has been awarded to young physicists for their achivements in the field of atomic and sub-atomic physics.

Nishina Memorial Prize 2014

Yuji Matsuda (Kyoto University)

"Creation of novel electronic states via the two dimensional confinement of heavy fermions"
Takashi Kobayashi (KEK) and
Tsuyoshi Nakaya (Kyoto University)

"Observation of electron neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam"

Recipients of Nishina Memorial Prizes

Year Name (Affiliation) Subject
2013 Hidetoshi Katori
(RIKEN & The University of Tokyo)
Invention of optical lattice clocks
Yoshiro Takahashi
(Kyoto University)
Creation of ultracold quantum systems of Yb atoms
Takahiko Kondo
(KEK)
Tomio Kobayashi
(ICEPP, The University of Tokyo)
Shoji Asai
(The University of Tokyo)
Contribution to the discovery of the Higgs boson
2012 Kunio Inoue
(Research Center for Neutrino Science, Tohoku University)
Observation of geologically produced antineutrinos
Hideo Hosono
(Frontier Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Discovery of iron pnictide superconductors
Tetsuo Hatsuda
(RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator Based Science)
Shinya Aoki
(Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
Noriyoshi Ishii
(Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
Nuclear force from lattice quantum chromodynamics
2011 Yasuyuki Akiba
(RIKEN-BNL Center)
Researches at Heavy Ion Collider, in particular, on Lepton-Pair Production
Akihide Fujisawa
(Kyushu University)
Katsumi Ida
(National Institute for Fusion Science)
Experimental identification of intrinsic electromagnetic-field structures in high-temperature plasmas
2010 Kunihiko KANEKO
(University of Tokyo)
Theory of High-Dimensional Chaos
Yoshiteru MAENO
(Koyto University)
Discovery of Spin-Triplet Superconductor - Ruthenium Oxide
2009 Hiroshi OOGURI
(California Institute of Technology and IPMU, University of Tokyo)
Study of Topological String Theory
Hirokazu TAMURA
(School of Science, Tohoku University)
Hypernuclear Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy
2008 Masanori IYE
(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)
Deep Survey of Early Universe by Using the SUBARU Telescope
Masahito UEDA
(School of Science, University of Tokyo)
Theoretical Studies on Bose-Einstein Condensate with Attractive Interaction
Ryugo HAYANO
(School of Science, University of Tokyo)
Study of Antiprotonic Helium Atoms
2007 Yutaka HOSOTANI
(Graduate School of Science, Osaka University)
Discovery of the Hosotani mechanism
2006 Toshiki TAJIMA
(Advanced Photon Research Center, JAERI Kansai)
Pioneering studies of plasma electron acceleration by laser
Hidetoshi NISHIMORI
(Faculty of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Discovery of Nishimori line in random-spin systems
Osamu MISHIMA
(National Institute for Materials Science)
Phase transition of the water/amorphous ice - experimental studies of polyamorphism
2005 Naoto NAGAOSA
(Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo)
Theoretical study of the anomalous Hall effect
Koichiro NISHIKAWA
( Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University)
Observation of long-base-line neutrino oscillation with an accelerator neutrino beam
Kosuke MORITA
(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN))
Synthesis of a new 113th superheavy element
2004 Jaw-Shen TSAI
(Fundamental and Environmental Research Laboratory, NEC & RIKEN)
Realization of quantum entanglement of two quantum bits by Josephson junctions
Kimio NIWA
(Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University)
Discovery of the tau neutrino by fully automatized scanning device for nuclear emulsion
2003 Yoshio KITAOKA
(Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University)
Clarification of the new superconducting state by means of nuclear magnetic resonance
Atsuto SUZUKI
(Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University)
Observation of the disappearance of reactor antineutrinos
Takashi NAKANO
(Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka University)
Discovery of a new particle by using LASER Compton gamma rays
2002 Katsuzi KOYAMA
(Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University)
Cosmic-ray acceleration in supernova remnants
Seigo TARUCHA
(Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo)
Generation of artificial atoms and molecules
Yasuki NAGAI
(Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka University)
Masayuki IGASHIRA
(Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Study of fast neutron capture by nuclei
2001 Yoichiro SUZUKI
(Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo)
Masayuki NAKAHATA
(Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo)
Discovery of neutrino oscillation by precise observation of solar neutrinos
Fumihiko TAKASAKI
(High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK))
Katsunobu OIDE
(High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK))
Discovery of CP violation in the B-meson decay
Kiichi AMAYA
(Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University)
Katsuya SHIMIZU
(Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University)
Discovery of the superconductivity of oxygen and iron under very high pressure
2000 Shuji ORITO
(Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo)
Akira YAMAMOTO
(High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK))
Observation of cosmic antiprotons
Ken-ichi KONISHI
(Physics Department, Pisa University)
Discovery of the Konishi anomaly
Hisashi HORIUCHI
(Faculty of Science, Kyoto University)
Study of nuclei by means of molecular dynamics for fermions
1999 Kenzo INOUE
(Faculty of Science, Kyushu University)
Akira KAKUTO
(Kyushu School of Engineering, Kinki University nications)
Quantum symmetry breaking of electro-weak interaction in the supersymmetric standard model
Takaaki KAJITA
(Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo)
Discovery of the atmospheric neutrino anomaly
Yasunobu NAKAMURA
(Fundamental and Environmental Research Laboratories, NEC)
Observation and control of coherent twolevel systems by using superconducting elements
1998 Jun AKIMITSU
(College of Science and Engineering, Aoyama Gakuin University)
Discovery of superconductivity in the material of ladder structure
Fujio SHIMIZU
(Institute for Laser Science, University of Electro-Communications)
Exploration of atomic wave holography
Kunitaka KONDO
(Institute of Physics, University of Tsukuba)
Contribution to the discovery of the top quark
1997 Tadashi KIFUNE
(Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo)
Toru TANIMORI
(Faculty of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Study of ultra-high energy gamma ray emitters
Ichiro SANDA
(Faculty of Science, Nagoya University)
Theory of CP violation in the B-meson system
Hiroshi YASUOKA
(Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo)
Discovery of the spin-gap in high-temperature superconductors
1996 Shuji NAKAMURA
(Nichia Chemical Industry, Ltd)
Study of very short wavelength semiconductor LASER
Kingo ITAYA
(Faculty of Engineering, Tohoku University)
Clarification of the atomic processes at the boundary of solid and liquid
Naomasa NAKAI
(National Astronomical Observatory)
Makoto INOUE
(National Astronomical Observatory)
Makoto MIYOSHI
(National Astronomical Observatory)
Discovery of the giant black hole at the Galaxy center
1995 Takeo SATOH
(Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University)
Experimental studies of quantum phase separation at ultra-low temperatures
Norio KAWAKAMI
(Graduate School of Engeering, Osaka University)
Sung-Kil YANG
(Institute of Physics, University of Tsukuba)
Study of onedimensional electron systems based on conformal field theory
1994 Arisato KAWABATA
(Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University)
Theory on the Anderson localization and quantum transport in mesoscopic systems/td>
Tetsumi TANABE
(Institue for Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo)
Precise measurement of electron-molecule collisions by means of a cooler ring
Yoichi IWASAKI
(Institute of Physics, University of Tsukuba)
Akira UKAWA
(Institute of Physics, University of Tsukuba)
Masanori OKAWA
(National Laboratory of High Energy Physics (KEK))
Masataka FUKUGITA
(Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University)
Large-scale numerical simulations for the lattice QCD
1993 Kimitaka ITOH
(National Institute for Fusion Science)
Sanae ITOH-INOUE
(Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University)
Theory of the anomalous transport and the LH transition in high temperature plasmas
Koichi KATSUMATA
(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN))
Study of a new type of magnetic phase transition
1992 Yoshihisa YAMAMOTO
(NTT Fundamental Research Institute)
Creation of photon number squeezed states and the control of spontaneous emission
Yoshichika ONUKI
(Institute of Material Engineering, University of Tsukuba)
Akira HASEGAWA
(College of General Education, Niigata University)
Study on the Fermi surface of itinerent heavyelectron systems
Tsutomu YANAGIDA
(Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)
The see-saw mechanism for neutrino masses
1991 Hideo KITAMURA
(National Laboratory of High Energy Physics (KEK))
Development of the insertion-type light source
Shuji SAITO
(Institute for Molecular Science)
Spectroscopic study of intersteller molecules
Miki WADATI
(Faculty of Science, Universuty of Tokyo)
Soliton physics and its application
1990 Katsuhiko SATO
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Study of particle cosmology
Yoshinori TOKURA
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Discovery of electron-type copperoxide superconductors
Kaoru YOKOYA
(National Laboratory of High Energy Physics (KEK))
Study of the beam-beam interaction in a linear collider
1989 Isao TANIHATA
(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN))
Study of nuclei by using unstable nuclear beams
Kenichi NOMOTO
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Theoretical study of supernova
1988 Toshio MATSUMOTO
(Faculty of Science, Nagoya University)
Observation of a submillimeterwave spectrum of the cosmic background radiation
Keiji KIKKAWA
(Faculty of Science, Osaka University)
Field theory of the string
Gunzi SAITO
(Institue for Solid State Phyisics, University of Tokyo)
New design and synthesis of organic superconductors
1987 Kunio TAKAYANAGI
(Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Study of the surface structure of silicon
Masaki MORIMOTO
(Tokyo Astronomical Observatory, University of Tokyo)
Norio KAIFU
(Tokyo Astronomical Observatory, University of Tokyo)
Development of millimeterwave astronomy
Masatoshi KOSHIBA
(Faculty of Science, Tokai University)
Yoji TOTSUKA
(ICEPP, University of Tokyo)
Teruhiro SUDA
(Institute of Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo)
Observation of the neutrinos from supernova explosion
1986 Masuo SUZUKI
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Statistical physics of phase transition ordering and quantum many-body systems
Kazuo FUJIKAWA
(Institute for Theoretical Phyiscs, Hiroshima University)
Study of the anomaly in quantum field theory
Tetsuya SATO
(Center for Nuclear Fusion Theory, Hiroshima University)
Nonlinear dynamics of dissipative magnetohydrodynamic plasma
1985 Toyoichi TANAKA
(Masachusetts Institute of Technology)
Study of phase transitions of gel
Sumio IIJIMA
(Research Development Cooperation of Japan)
Dynamical observation of few-atom ensembles
Yasuo TANAKA
(Institute for Space and Astronautical Science)
Study of neutron stars using the satellite Temma
1984 Tohru EGUCHI
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Hikaru KAWAI
(Physics Department, Cornell University)
The lattice gauge theory
Yoshikazu ISHIKAWA
(Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)
Study of the metal ferromagnetism by means of neutron scattering
Shinji KAWAJI
(Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University)
Experimental studies of the negative magnetoresistance and quantum Hall effect in the two-dimensional electron system
1983 Taiji YAMANOUCHI
(Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)
Contribution to the discovery of the Upsilon particles
Akimasa MASUDA
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Precise microscopic measurements of rare earth elements and its application to space and earth science
1982 Tsuneya ANDO
(Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba)
Theoretical study of the two-dimensional electron system in the MOS inversion layer
Akira TONOMURA
(Central Resarch Laboratory, Hitachi Co. Ltd)
Development of the electron holography and its application
1981 Daiichiro SUGIMOTO
(Colledge of General Education, University of Tokyo)
Evolution of nearby dual star system
Motohiko YOSHIMURA
(National Laboratory of High Energy Physics (KEK))
The origin of the baryon number in the universe
1980 Muneyuki DATE
(Faculty of Science, Osaka University)
Generation of ultra-high magnetic field
Yoshiharu TORIZUKA
(Laboratory of Nuclear Science, Tohoku University)
Study of the giant resonances of nuclei
Taichiro KUGO
(Faculty of Science, Kyoto University)
Izumi OJIMA
(Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
Theory of the convariant quantization of the non-Abelian gauge field theory
1979 Toru MORIYA
(Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo)
Theory of itinerant electron ferromagnetism
Makoto KOBAYASHI
(National Laboratory of High Energy Physics (KEK))
Toshihide MASKAWA
(Institute for Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo)
A new model for elementary particles
1978 Eizi HIROTA
(Institute for Molecular Science)
Study of free radicals by means of high-resolution, high-sensitivity spectrosopy
Akito ARIMA
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Toshio MARUMORI
(Institute for Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo)
Theoreical study of the collective motion of nuclei
1977 Shigeo SHIONOYA
(Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo)
Study of the high-density excitation effect in semiconductors by means of the picosecond spectroscopy
Ziro MAKI
(Institute for Fundamental Physics, Kyoto University)
Yasuo HARA
(Institute of Physics, University of Tsukuba)
The SU(4) model of elementary particles
1976 Akira ISOYA
(Faculty of Science, Kyushu University)
Study of the high-voltage electrostatic accelerator and its development
Susumu OKUBO
(Faculty of Science, Rochester University)
Jugoro IIZUKA
(Faculty of Science, Nagoya University)
Discovery of a new selection rule in the strong interaction of elementary particles
1975 Toshimitsu YAMAZAKI
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Discovery of the mesonic effect in nuclear magnetic moments
Eiichi HANAMURA
(Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo)
Theoretical study of many-exciton systems
1974 Eizo OTSUKA
(College of General Education, Osaka University)
Study of the electron transport in semiconductors by means of the cyclotron resonance
Bunji SAKITA
(City College of New York)
Supermultiplet and duality theories of elementary particles
1973 Noboru NAKANISHI
(Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University)
Analyses of characteristics of the scattering amplitude in the quantum field theory
Humitaka SATO
(Institute for Fundamental Physics, Kyoto University)
Akira TOMIMATSU
(Institute for Theoretical Physics, Hiroshima University)
Discovery of a new solution of the gravitaional field equation and its application to cosmological physics
1972 Kyozi KAWASAKI
(Department of Physics, Temple University)
Dynamical theory of critical phenomena
Kazumi MAKI
(Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)
Theoretical study of supercondoctors
1971 Hirotaka SUGAWARA
(Institute for Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo)
Application of the symmetry in fundamental particles
Haruhiko MORINAGA
(Department of Physics, Technical University of Munich)
Invention of in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy and study of nuclear structure
1970 Kunihiko KIGOSHI
(Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University)
Study of the Carbon-14 dating
Tetsuji NISHIKAWA
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Basic study of linear accelerators
1969 Hisashi MATSUDA
(College of General Education, Osaka University)
Development of a large-dispersion mass separator for precise atomic mass measurements
Hiroyuki IKEZI
(Institute of Plasma Physics, Nagoya University)
Kyoji NISHIKAWA
(Faculty of Science, Kyoto University)
Study of the ion-wave echo
1968 Hazime MORI
(Faculty of Science, Kyushu University)
Statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium states
Jun KONDO
(Electrotechnical Laboratory, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology)
Clarification of the resistance minimum in dilute alloys
1967 Shuzo OGAWA
(Faculty of Science, Hiroshima University)
Yoshio YAMAGUCHI
(Institute for Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo)
Study of the symmetry of fundamental particles
Jun NISHIMURA
(Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, University of Tokyo)
Study of the transverse momentum in ultrahigh energy reactions
1966 Minoru ODA
(Institute for Astronautical Research, University of Tokyo)
Determination of the location of SCO-X-1
Yutaka TOYOZAWA
(Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo)
Dynamical theory of optical properties in solid
1965 Kenji MITANI
(College of General Education, Kyoto University)
Shigetoshi TANAKA
(Institute of Plasma Physics, Nagoya University)
Study on the negative absorption of weakly ionized plasma at the cyclotron frequency
Saburo MIYAKE
(Faculty of Science, Osaka City University)
Study of cosmic-ray muons and neutrinos
1964 Giiti IWATA
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Study of dynamics of electrons and ions in static electric and magnetic fields
Masao SEYA
(Optical Science Laboratory, Tokyo University of Education)
Vacuum ultraviolet spectrometer
1963 Chushiro HAYASHI
(Faculty of Science, Kyoto University)
Study of the stellar nuclear evolution
1962 Kazuo TAKAYAMA
(Institute of Plasma Physics, Nagoya University)
Study of low-density plasma - invention of the resonant probe method
Wataru SASAKI
(Electrotechnical Laboratory, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology)
Study of the hot electron anisotropy in germanium
1961 Kiyoshi NIU
(Institute for Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo)
Fireball model for multiple meson production
Shuji FUKUI
(Faculty of Science, Nagoya University)
Sigenori MIYAMOTO
(Faculty of Science, Osaka City University)
Study and development of the discharge chamber
Takeo MATSUBARA
(Faculty of Science, Kyoto University)
A new method in quantum statistical mechanics
1960 Akio YOSHIMORI
(Faculty of Science, Osaka City University)
Theory of helical spin ordering in magnetic crystals
1959 Leo ESAKI
Sony Co., Ltd
Invention of the Esaki diode
Ryohei NAKANE
(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
Isotope concentration by chemical exchange reactions
1958 Kenzo SUGIMOTO
(Faculty of Science, Osaka University)
Measurements of magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole moments of nuclear excited states
Katsuro SAWADA
Tokyo University of Education
Study of the correlation energy of electron gas
1957 Ryogo KUBO
(Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo)
Statistical mechanics of irreversible processes
1956 Kei YOSHIDA
(Faculty of Science, Osaka University)
Magnetic anisotropic energy in antiferromagnetism
Shingo MITSUI
(Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tokyo)
Susumu NISHIGAKI
(National Inatitute for Agrotechnology)
Tomoji EGAWA
(National Institute for Agrotechnology)
Tsunezo USHIODA
(Sericulture Experimental Station)
Study of botanical fertilization by means of isotopes
1955 Koreichi OGATA
(Faculty of Science, Osaka University)
Completion of a large mass spectrometer
Kazuhiko NISHIJIMA
(Faculty of Science, Osaka City University)
Transformation of elementary particles