About Nishina Memorial Foundation

Dr. Yoshio Nishina originated the study of nuclear physics in Japan and trained many young Japanese scientists in that field. After his passing in 1951, the Nishina Memorial Foundation was founded in 1955 with the objective of promoting physics in Japan, encouraging young and able scientists and encouraging exchange of science and culture between Japan and other countries in order to commemorate the great scholar.

Nishina Memorial Foundation Bookletpdf


Nov 11, 2014: 2014 Nishina Memorial Award
2014 Nishina Memorial Award is awarded to

Yuji Matsuda (Kyoto University),
for "Creation of novel electronic states via the two dimensional confinement of heavy fermions"

and to

Takashi Kobayashi (KEK), and
Tsuyoshi Nakaya (Kyoto University)
for "Observation of electron neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam"
Aug 6, 2014: 2014 (the 2nd) Nishina Asia Award
2014 (the Second) Nishina Asia Award is awarded to

Dr. Yuanbo Zhang, Professor, Dept. of Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China,

for “his outstanding contributions to the elucidation of electronic properties of monolayer and bilayer graphene.”

Activities of the Nishina Memorial Foundation

  1. Awarding Nishina Memorial Prize to those who have achieved excellent result in physics.
  2. Conducting or sponsoring lecture meetings on physics.
  3. Inviting to Japan eminent scientists to give lectures on physics List of invited scientists
  4. Dispatching abroad those scientists who carry on research in physics.
  5. Inviting young foreign researchers in the field of physics from developing countries to conduct research in Japan. List of Nishina Research Fellows
  6. Publication for disseminating knowledge on physics.
  7. Executing all other matters requisite to the achievement of the above objectives.
  8. Awarding Nishina Asia Award