Dr Takuya Satoh, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science of Kyushu University is the winner of the 2015 Sir Martin Wood Prize for Japan. Dr Satoh was awarded the prize for his work involving the generation and control of magnetic excitations by polarised light in anti-ferromagnets and ferrimagnets.

Dr Satoh was awarded with the trophy, certificate and a total cash prize of ¥500,000 at the British Embassy in Tokyo by Mr. Tim Hitchens, the British Ambassador on Wednesday, 11th November 2015. He also delivered a lecture presenting his work at the 2015 Millennium Science Forum held at the Embassy, organised by Oxford Instruments and chaired by Professor Noboru Miura of Tokyo University. Among the guest speakers at the event were Professor Masaki Takata from Tohoku University and Professor Kevin O’Grady from the University of York.

The Millennium Science Forum was established in 1998 to promote scientific exchange between Britain and Japan and award the Sir Martin Science Prize to a young researcher from a Japanese University or research institute who has performed outstanding research in the area of condensed matter science. The prize is named after Sir Martin Wood, Founder and Honorary President of Oxford Instruments plc.

Previous winners of the Sir Martin Wood Prize for Japan include –

Dr Masamitsu Hayashi of NIMS (2014)
Dr Naoya Shibata, the University of Tokyo (2013)
Dr Daichi Chiba, Kyoto University (2012)
Dr Yukio Kawano, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2011)
Dr Shuichi Murakami, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2010)
Dr Yousoo Kim, RIKEN (2009)
Dr Teruo Ono, Kyoto University (2008)
Dr Eiji Saito, Keio University (2008)
Dr Akira Ohtomo, Tohoku University (2007)
Dr Kazutomo Suenaga, AIST (2006)
Dr Tsuyoshi Kimura, Osaka University (2005)
Dr Yuzo Ohno, Tohoku University (2004)
Dr Toshimasa Fujisawa, NTT basic research laboratories (2003)
Dr Ichiro Terasaki, Waseda University (2002)
Dr Keiya Shirahama, Keio University (2001
Dr Katsuya Shimizu, Osaka University and Dr Tokushi Kizuka, Nagoya University (2000) 
Dr Yasunobu Nakamura of NEC Corporation (1999)

The Sir Martin Wood Prize selection committee consists of eight senior professors from Japanese Universities and is chaired by Professor Hidetoshi Fukuyama from Tokyo University of Science.

Further details of the Sir Martin Wood Prize and nomination procedures can be obtained from the Secretariat at www.msforum.jp or email to msf@oxinst.co.jp.

On winning the prize, Dr Satoh receives ¥500,000 in cash and the opportunity to give a series of lectures in British Universities, including Oxford University. Keep an eye on this page to find out the schedule for his lectures. If you would like to attend any of these lectures or would like to have more information, email us at nanoscience@oxinst.com.