Hideki Yukawa

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He was born January 23, 1907 in Tokyo, Japan.


Hideki received 2 degrees, both from different schools. He received his first degree from Kyoto Imperial University. Then received his doctorate (PhD) from the University of Paris.

Summary and contributions

Hideki became a lecturer for 4 years at Kyoto Imperial university after he received his degree. After his graduation, he became very interested in theoretical physics, more exclusively the theory of elementary particles. After marrying and having kids, he moved to Osaka University, becoming an assistant professor. In 1935 he published his theory of mesons (this explains the interaction between protons and neutrons) This was a major influence on research into elementary particles. Again later, he became a professor at Kyoto University. - 1940 And again moved to Colombia University becoming a professor there as well. - 1949

Yukawa received many awards. In 1940 he won the Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy. In 1943, it was the Decoration of Cultural merit from the Japanese government, and the Nobel Prize in Physics after his predictions became reality discovered by a group of men.

He also worked on the theory of K-capture (low energy electron is absorbed by the nucleus.

He took part in many scientific academies and held places like first chairman of Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics. He was an editor of "Progress of Theoretical Physics" and he published the books intro to Quantum Mechanics, and the intro to the Theory of Elementary particles.