Dr Hisashi Okumura

What I learned from Professor Fumiko Yonezawa

Professor Fumiko Yonezawa Memorial Lecture Series

Join Dr Hisashi Okumura from the Institute for Molecular Science at the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Japan for this lecture, "What I learned from Professor Fumiko Yonezawa", part of our Professor Fumiko Yonezawa Memorial Lecture Series. 


Professor Fumiko Yonezawa has made a significant contribution to theoretical and computational physics on disordered systems. Her representative work is coherent potential approximation (CPA), which has been widely used as the standard theory for amorphous metals in condensed matter physics. She has also performed molecular dynamics simulations of disordered systems such as glasses and liquids. In this talk, I will first review Prof. Yonezawa's major achievements. I will also talk about the advice I received from Prof. Fumiko Yonezawa when I was in her group. Finally, I will discuss how computational physics research on disordered systems is currently developing.

Speaker Biography

Hisashi Okumura received his Ph.D. from Keio University in 2002 in physics under the supervision of Prof. Fumiko Yonezawa. He has studied theoretical and computational physics in disordered systems since then. After he got his Ph.D., he worked as a JSPS Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo (2002), as a Research Associate at Institute for Molecular Science (2002−2006), as a Research Lecturer at Nagoya University (2006−2008), as a Research Assistant and Assistant Research Professor at Rutgers University (2008−2009), and as an associate professor at Institute for Molecular Science since 2009. His current research theme is the theoretical study of intrinsically disordered proteins that cause several diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Professor Fumiko Yonezawa Memorial Lecture Series

This lecture is part of the Prof Fumiko Yonezawa Memorial Lecture Series, being organised in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Prof Fumiko Yonezawa, who was the first Japanese student studied at Keele from 1963 to 1964, and later achieved significant accomplishments as a theoretical physicist and became the first female president of the Physical Society of Japan and a laureate of the L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for her pioneering theory and computer simulations on amorphous semiconductors and liquid metals in 2005.

This lecture series is supported by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (https://dajf.org.uk/) and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (http://www.gbsf.org.uk/).

No reservations are required, and anyone can participate.

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