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Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University

Professor Yoshitaka Tanimura honored with Humboldt Research Award.


Professor Tanimura with Professor Helmut Schwarz, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Prof. Yoshitaka Tanimura was awarded a 2012 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany´╝ÄThis award, given to eminent foreign scholars in recognition of their academic achievements, is one of the most prestigious scientific honors in Germany. The symposium for the research award winners will be held in Bamberg, Germany from the 22nd of March to the 25th. He is also invited to the reception at Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the President of Germany, to be held in June, 2012.

Professor Tanimura has made seminal contributions to the theoretical treatment of many-body systems and multidimensional spectroscopies. There have been many studies throughout recent history that have tried to relate the evolution of a quantum system with the dynamics of its environment. This relationship is central to chemistry. He derived the hierarchical equations of motion that enables the study of the nonlinear response of quantum dissipative dynamics. He will work with experimental groups that have directly observed the atomic motions and dissipation processes in the laboratory. These very microscopic processes are cast in mathematical terms his theories.

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