Takashi Kobayashi has been awarded the Yomiuri Gold Medal for his contributions to the discovery of oscillations from muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos. He is a professor of physics at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) and is head of the Particle and Nuclear Physics Division at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC).
The discovery of oscillations from muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos was announced by T2K in July 2013. T2K makes a beam of muon neutrinos in Tokai on the east coast of Japan, and sends it 295 km to its far detector Super-Kamiokande in western Japan. The announcement of the discovery was made following the observation of 28 candidate electron neutrino events in Super-Kamiokande.
The Yomiuri Gold Medal has been awarded annually since 1995. Each year, the medal is awarded to three researchers who have made outstanding contributions to research in science and technology. The award ceremony will be held on 16th April 2015 in the Yomiuri Shimbun building, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
Congratulations Kobayashi-san !