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Dr. Norio Kaifu, Professor Emeritus of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Passes Away

We regret to inform that Dr. Norio Kaifu, Professor Emeritus of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, who played a central role in establishing Nobeyama Radio Observatory, passed away on April 13, 2019. Professor Kaifu led the construction of the Nobeyama 45 m radio telescope, which is an important milestone in Japanese basic sciences, and brought Japan into leading countries of Radio Astronomy. After the construction of Nobeyama Radio Observatory, Professor Kaifu played an important role in the construction and management of the Subaru Telescope, and in the realization of the most powerful radio telescope "ALMA" under international collaboration. He acted as Director General of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and then President of the International Astronomical Union, which is a world-wide society of astronomers. He was awarded the Nishina Memorial Prize for pioneering work in millimeter-wave astronomy and the Japan Academy Prize for research on the interstellar medium. Nobeyama Radio Observatory has opened its campus for public visitors since its inauguration in 1982, and he realized an publicly-opened research institute, which was rare in Japan at that time.

We deeply regret the demise of Professor Kaifu, and would like to offer our sincerest sympathies.

Ken'ichi Tatematsu
Director, Nobeyama Radio Observatory


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Dr. Norio Kaifu, Former Director General of NAOJ, Passes Away (April 16, 2019 NAOJ)