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Hideaki KOIZUMI, Ph.D.
Hideaki KOIZUMI, Ph.D. was appointed as a Fellow of Hitachi in 2004, and to his current position as Emeritus Fellow in April 2017.
Koizumi received his B.Sc. from the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo in June 1971, and subsequently joined the Department of Optical Instruments at Naka Works of Hitachi, Ltd. In 1976, he received a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Tokyo for his work on the development of the polarized Zeeman atomic absorption (PZAA) spectrometry, which was also nominated as one of the 50 most significant patents at the centennial of the foundation of the Japanese patent system in 1985. This technology was commercialized by Naka Works, and over 9,000 systems based on this principle have been shipped to 25 countries since 1976.
In 1976, as a Guest Staff member at the National Bureau of Standards, U.S. Department of Commerce, he worked on the certification of standard reference materials (SRMs) using the PZAA method. From 1977-78, as a Guest Research Physicist (faculty) at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory of the University of California, he worked on the development of a new method called "tunable atomic line molecular spectrometry" (TALMS). After returning to Japan, he was appointed leader of Hitachi's MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imager) development project, which developed super-conducting magnets (SCM) generating field strengths from 0.5-2 T, shipped Japan's first SCM-MRI product and also successfully filed an application on one of the basic patents for MRA (magnetic resonance angiography) principle in 1986. After establishing the fundamentals of the MRI business in the Hitachi Group, he was appointed a Chief Scientist of the Medical Electronics Research Department of the Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd. ('HCRL') in August 1992, where he lead a research team on higher-order brain function imaging, which published many papers, including Japan's first paper on functional MRI (fMRI) in 1992, and the world's first paper on near-infrared spectroscopic imaging (NIRSI, a.k.a. Optical Topography ) in 1995. From 1999-2001, he served as the General Manager of the Advanced Research Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. before returning to head research on brain function imaging as Senior Chief Scientist. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Chief Scientist - Corporate Technology, Hitachi, Ltd. In 2004, he was appointed Hitachi Fellow, and in April 2017, to his current position of Hitachi Honorary Fellow.
Aside from his work at Hitachi and many government/ semi-government organizations, Koizumi has lectured at many Japanese universities including the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) of the University of Tokyo; the School of Medicine and the Research Institute for Electronic Science of Hokkaido University; Ochanomizu University; Osaka University School of Engineering, and several faculties of the University of Tokyo. Overseas, he has given invited lectures at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, University of Pennsylvania, Mayo Medical School, Texas A&M University, University of British Columbia, University of Western Ontario, University of Cambridge, University of London, Paris University, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Lund University, Swedish Royal Academy, University of Copenhagen, Warsaw University and Silesian University of Technology. Koizumi is also serving as board director or committee member of many professional societies and association.
Koizumi is also recognized worldwide as an early proponent and major advocate of the new transdisciplinary field of Mind-Brain Science, proposing such novel concepts as "Brain-Science and Education," "Trans-disciplinarity (TD)," "Material's History." His work has been recognized through many honors including an audience with the late Pope John Paul II in 2003 following an invited presentation at the 400th Anniversary of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) at the Vatican; election as Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (2012); Honorable Member of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry (2012); Japan Spectroscopical Society Award (2010); Membership of the Engineering Academy of Japan (2009); Membership of the Science Council of Japan (2008); Fellow of the Chemical Society of Japan (2008); the (Japanese) National Commendation for Invention - Patent Promotion for the 21st Century Prize (2004); Nikkei BP Technology Awards - Grand Prize; the 50th Okochi Memorial Grand Technology Prize (2004); the R&D 100 Award (2002); the Okochi Memorial Technology Prize (2000, 1997); The National Invention Awards - Prize of the Minister of State for Science & Technology (1983); IR-100 Award (1978), and a Commendation by the Minister of State for Science & Technology - Person of scientific and technological research merit (1976).
Koizumi's work has contributed to over 594 patent applications. He currently holds 117 patents (56 in Japan and 61 overseas). He has published over 150 papers and has authored/co-authored/edited over 20 books.
(last updated October 2012 by H. Koizumi)
(study/working group, administrative councils, etc. membership not included)