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Shin’ichirō Tomonaga

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Dates

March 31, 1906 – July 8, 1979

Authorized Form of Name

Tomonaga, Shin’ichirō, 1906-1979

Additional Forms of Names

Tomonaga, Sin-itiro, 1906-1979

朝永振一郎

Biography

Abstract

Shin’ichirō Tomonaga was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 alongside Julian Schwinger and Richard P. Feynman "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles." Tomonaga was a major influence on physics in Japan and the Quantum Electrodynamics field, which many had thought to abandom prior to his theoretical research.

Important Dates

March 31, 1906Birth, Kyoto (Japan).

1929Obtained BSc in Physics (Rigakushi), Kyoto Imperial University (Kyōto Teikoku Daigaku), Kyoto (Japan).

1937 – 1939Studied abroad under Werner Heisenber, University of Leipzig, Leipzig (Germany).

1939Obtained PhD in Physics (Rigakuhakushi), Toyko Imperial University (Tōkyō Teikoku Daigaku), Tokyo (Japan).

1941Professor of Physics, Bunrika University (Tōkyō-Bunrika-Daigaku), later to be absorbed into the Tokyo University of Education (Tōkyō-Kyōiku-Daigaku), Tokyo (Japan).

1944Lecturer, Tokyo Imperial University (Tōkyō Teikoku Daigaku), Tokyo (Japan).

1949Visiting Scholar, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1951Member, The Japan Academy (Nihon Gakushiin).

1955Served a leading role in the establishment of the Institute of Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo (Tōkyō Daigaku).

1956 – 1962University President, Tokyo University of Education (Tōkyō-Kyōiku-Daigaku), Tokyo (Japan).

1962 – 1969Director, Institute of Optical Research, Tokyo University of Education (Tōkyō-Kyōiku-Daigaku), Tokyo (Japan).

1963 – 1969President, Science Council of Japan (Nihon Gakujutsu Kaigi), Tokyo (Japan).

1964Awarded the Lomonosov Medal, U.S.S.R Academy of Sciences.

July 8, 1979Death, Tokyo (Japan).

Occupation

Quantum electrodynamics physicist.

Places

Birth

Kyoto (Japan)

Undergraduate Education

Kyoto (Japan)

Graduate Education

Tokyo (Japan)

Employment

Tokyo (Japan)

Death

Tokyo (Japan)

Subjects

Optics.

Quantum electrodynamics.

Renormalization (Physics).

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988

Awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Julian Schwinger "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles."

Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976

Advisor at University of Leipzig (Universität Leipzig).

Nambu, Yoichiro, 1921-2015

Advised by Tomonaga at University of Tokyo.

Nishina, Yoshio, 1890-1951

PhD advisor at Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Rikagaku Kenkyūjo (Japan)).

Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994

Awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Richard Feynman "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles."

Additional

Oda, Minoru, 1923-

Pines, David, 1924-

Sakata, Schoichi

Yukawa, Hideki, 1907-1981

Institutions

Major Positions

Nihon Gakujutsu Kaigi

President.

Tōkyō Daigaku

Established Institute of Nuclear Study.

Tōkyō Kyōiku Daigaku

University President and Director, Institute of Optical Research.

Tōkyō Teikoku Daigaku

Received PhD in Physics (1939) and Lecturer.

Tōkyō-Bunrika-Daigaku

Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Akademiia nauk SSSR

Awarded the Lomonosov Medal (1964).

Kyōto Teikoku Daigaku

Received BSc in Physics (1929).

Nihon Gakushiin

Member.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor.

Rikagaku Kenkyūjo (Japan)

Temporarily pursued Ph.D. in the Nishina Laboratory.

Universität Leipzig (1409-1953)

Studied under W. Heisenberg as a graduate student.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Shinichiro Tomanaga papers.

Tomonaga Memorial Room.

University of Tsukuba.

Tsukuba-shi, Japan

Subject

Oral history interview with David Pines, 1981 April 13 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Minoru Oda, 1988 August 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Richard Phillips Feynman, 1966 March 4 to 4 February 1973.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Yoichiro Nambu, 2004 July 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Shoichi Sakata papers, 1932-1985.

School of Science. Department of Physics. Sakata Memorial Library

Nagoya University.

Nagoya 464, Japan

Published Resources

Author

Quantum mechanics /by Sin-itiro Tomonaga ; translated from the Japanese by Koshiba.

Scientific papers of Tomonaga, edited by T. Miyazima.

Sin-itiro Tomonaga : life of a Japaneese physicist / edited by Makinosuke Matsui ; English version and annotated by Hiroshi Ezawa ; translated from the Japanese by Cherly Fujimoto and Takako Sano.

The story of spin / Sin-itiro Tomonaga ; translated by Takeshi Oka.

Subject

S. Tomonaga Nobel Prize biography.

The National Mag Lab: History of Electricity and Magnestism Pioneers: Sin-itiro Tomonaga biography.