Prizes & Awards
November 21, 2012

Prof. Emeritus Hiro-o Hamaguchi Wins the Medal with Purple Ribbon

  • Prof. Kaoru Yamanouchi, Department of Chemistry
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Professor Emeritus Hiro-o Hamaguchi

On November 3, 2012, Professor Emeritus Hiro-o Hamaguchi at the University of Tokyo won the Medal with Purple Ribbon, which is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to academic and artistic developments, improvements, and accomplishments.

Professor Emeritus Hamaguchi has developed new spectroscopic experimental techniques based mainly on vibrational Raman spectroscopy and elucidated ultrafast molecular dynamics in solutions. He has also applied spectroscopy to living cells, pioneering molecular spectroscopy. In particular, he has worked diligently on a challenging theme, i.e. "understanding the nature of life through molecular spectroscopy". His discovery of peaks called the "Raman spectroscopic signature of life" in the Raman spectra of mitochondria within living cells has drawn attention as a breakthrough leading to a new field of spectroscopy in the study of life. In addition, he has developed a unique vibrational spectroscopic imaging technique for the time and space resolved analysis of single living cells without staining or labeling.

Professor Emeritus Hamaguchi's research is extremely creative and invaluable in academic terms, and he has earned a high international reputation. Since his retirement from the University of Tokyo in April 2012, he has been engaged in research and education as a Chair Professor at the College of Science, National Chiao Tung University. He has also been promoting research projects as a Visiting Professor at Waseda University. We wish him continued success in his research.