OIST president wins physics prize

OIST president wins physics prize

Dr. Jonathan Dorfan, president of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University


November 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jonathan Dorfan, president of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), along with David Hitlin, Stephen Olsen, and Fumihiko Takasaki, has been awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize from the American Physical Society. The prize is to honor scientists who have made an outstanding achievement in experimental particle physics.

Dorfan and collaborators conducted two experiments to examine the state of the universe shortly after its birth. The experiments took place at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) from 1999 to 2010.

These results established the validity of the model of Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Masukawa, who went on to receive the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Dorfan commented that he was delighted to be involved in and contribute to such a wonderful project.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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