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Takaaki Kajita
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Born 9 March 1959 (1959-03-09) (age 61)
Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, Japan
Education Saitama Prefectural Kawagoe High School
Alma mater Saitama University (B.S.)
University of Tokyo (M.S., Ph.D.)
Spouse(s) Michiko
Awards Asahi Prize (1988)
Bruno Rossi Prize (1989)
Nishina Memorial Prize (1999)
Panofsky Prize (2002)
Japan Academy Prize (2012)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2015)
Fundamental Physics Prize (2016)
Scientific career
Institutions Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo
Doctoral advisor Masatoshi Koshiba
Other academic advisors Yoji Totsuka

Takaaki Kajita (born 9 March 1959) is a Japanese physicist, known for neutrino experiments at the Kamiokande and its successor, Super-Kamiokande. In 2015, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with Canadian physicist Arthur B. McDonald. On 1 October 2020, he became the president of the Science Council of Japan.

Honors

  • 2015 – Order of Culture, Person of Cultural Merit
  • 2016 – Doctorate in Science (DSc), Aligarh Muslim University, India
  • 2016 – Honoris Causa Degree, Higher University of San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia.
  • 2017 – Honoris Causa Degree in Physics, University of Naples Federico II
  • 2017 – Honoris Causa Degree in Physics, University of Bern
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