Oxford Instruments welcomes Dr Masamitsu Hayashi, the winner of the Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for Japan, to UK
01 June 2015

Oxford Instruments is delighted to announce the UK visit of Dr Masamitsu Hayashi, winner of the 2014 Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for Japan, to deliver a series of lectures at leading UK and German Universities, starting 5th June, 2015. Dr Hayashi is the Senior Researcher working in the Spintronics Group, Magnetic Materials Unit, Environment and Energy Materials Division, at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan. Dr Hayashi was selected for the prize for his work in ‘Effective field measurements and spin torque dynamics in magnetic nanostructures’.

Earlier, Dr Masamitsu Hayashi was felicitated at The "Millennium Science Forum", held at the British Embassy in Tokyo. The Forum was organised by Oxford Instruments and chaired by Noboru Miura Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo.  Mr. Tim Hitchens, the British Ambassador, handed over the certificate and ¥500,000 in cash to the winner, this was followed by a lecture delivered by Dr Hayashi. The guest speakers at the event were Dr Julie Maxton from Royal Society and Dr Akira Fujishima from Tokyo University of Science.

On winning the prize, Dr Hayashi also gets the opportunity to give a series of lectures at the leading British Universities, including Oxford University (8th June, 2015), Imperial College, London (9th June, 2015),  Cambridge University (10th June, 2015) and York University (12th June, 2015). Dr Hayashi will start his tour with a special lecture at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, on Friday, the 5th June, 2015.

The Millennium Science Forum was established in 1998 to promote scientific exchange between Britain and Japan and award a prize to a young researcher from a Japanese University or research institute who has performed outstanding research in the area of condensed matter science. Oxford Instruments is aware that there is a critical and often difficult stage for many between completing their PhD and gaining a permanent research position. The company therefore would like to help individuals who are producing innovative work, by offering assistance financially and by promoting their research work through a series of sponsorship programs.

The prize is named after Sir Martin Wood, Founder and Honorary President of Oxford Instruments plc.

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

"I am very honoured to receive this prestigious prize. I am grateful to Oxford Instruments and the Sir Martin Wood Science Prize Committee for giving me this important opportunity to visit the leading universities in the UK and share my research work", commented Dr Hayashi.

The previous winners of the Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for Japan over the past 17 years form an impressive roll-call of Japanese scientists, including:

  • Dr. Yasunobu Nakamura, then at NEC Corporation
  • Dr. Tokushi Kizuka, Nagoya University
  • Dr. Katsuya Shimizu, Osaka University
  • Dr. Keiya Shirahama, Keio University
  • Dr. Ichiro Terasaki, Waseda University
  • Dr. Toshimasa Fujisawa, NTT Basic Research Laboratories
  • Dr. Yuzo Ohno, Tohoku University
  • Dr. Tsuyoshi Kimura, Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories
  • Dr. Kazutomo Suenaga, AIST
  • Dr. Akira Ohtomo, Tohoku University
  • Dr. Teuo Ono, Kyoto University
  • Dr. Eiji Saito, Keio University
  • Dr. Yousoo Kim, RIKEN
  • Dr. Shuichi Murakami, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Yukio Kawano, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Daichi Chiba, Kyoto University
  • Dr. Naoya Shibata, University of Tokyo

Further details of the prize and nomination procedures can be obtained from the Secretariat at msf@oxinst.co.jp  or home page www.msforum.jp