Japan in the News: 2 Japanese and 1 Japanese-born American share Nobel Prize in physics

Earlier this week, a Japanese-born American and 2 Japanese scientist won the won the Nobel physics prize for discovering the fundamental asymmetry of the universe.

Yoichiro Nambu, who was born and educated in Tokyo and moved to the US in 1952, of the Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, received half of the $1.4M prize for his mathematical work showing the basis of “spontaneous broken symmetry” as early as 1960.   Makoto Kobayashi of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation in Tsukuba, Japan, and Toshihide Maskawa of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, share the other half of the prize for their research showing how quarks, the most important of all subatomic particles, owe their existence to asymmetry.

Lots of local and international news coverage can be found.


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