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astronomer

Norio Kaifu, Japanese astronomer. Achievements include construction of 45m mm-wave telescope at Nobeyama Radio Observatory, 8.2m Subaru telescope at Manna Kea Volcano, Hawaii; discovery of many new interstellar molecules in dark clouds. Recipient Nishina Memorial prize for cultivation of millimeter astronomy, 1987, Japan Academy prize for research on interstellar matter, 1997.

Background

Kaifu, Norio was born on September 21, 1943 in Niigata, Japan. Son of Yasuyoshi and Kiyoko Kaifu.

Education

Graduate, University Tokyo, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, University Tokyo, 1972.

Career

Research associate department astronomy University Tokyo, Japan, 1969-1979, associate professor Tokyo Astronomical Observatory, 1979-1988. Professor, director Nobeyama Radio Observatory, Tokyo Astronomical Observatory, 1988—1990. Director Subaru Telescope Project, Hawaii, 1996—2000.

Vice director National Astronomical Observatory Japan, 1992—1996, director general, 2000—2006.

Achievements

  • Achievements include construction of 45m mm-wave telescope at Nobeyama Radio Observatory, 8.2m Subaru telescope at Manna Kea Volcano, Hawaii. Discovery of many new interstellar molecules in dark clouds.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Mysteries of Space: How Far We Have Come, 1985. Co-author: Cosmic Radio Astronomy, 1988, Molecular Processes in Space, 1990, numerous others. Contributor articles to profl journals.

Membership

Member of International Astronomical Union (vice president 1997—2003, president elect since 2009), Astronomical Society Japan (board directors since 1980), Royal Astronomical Society (associate).

Connections

Married Shigemi Kaifu, May 3, 1968. Children: Yohsuke, Kohji, Kenzoh, Takeshi.

father:
Yasuyoshi Kaifu

mother:
Kiyoko Kaifu

spouse:
Shigemi Kaifu

child:
Yohsuke Kaifu

child:
Kohji Kaifu

child:
Kenzoh Kaifu

child:
Takeshi Kaifu