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Hiroshi Matsumoto (松本 紘, Matsumoto Hiroshi) (born November 17, 1942) is a Japanese engineer and atmospheric scientist. He serves as the president of RIKEN, and until August 2014 was the president of Kyoto University. He is a member of the Japanese government's committee on space policy. He has a Doctorate in Engineering (1973, Kyoto University). He was born in Zhangjiakou, China.


His research has centered on plasma in the geomagnetosphere and cosmosphere. He developed the KEMPO (Kyoto university ElectroMagnetic Particle) code to reproduce the dynamics of the physical processes of space plasma. He led the plasma wave Geotail observations, and has helped elucidate mechanisms of excitation, such as electrostatic solitary waves. He has also worked on studies for the practical application of microwave power transmission in space.


  • 1967: Research assistant at Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
  • 1974: Assistant Professor of Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
  • 1981: Assistant Professor of Radio Atmospheric Science Center (RASC), Kyoto University
  • 1987: Professor of RASC, Kyoto University
  • 1992–1998: Director of RASC, Kyoto University
  • 2000: Professor of Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere, Kyoto University
  • 2002: Director of Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere, Kyoto University
  • 2004: Professor of Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University
  • 2005: Director of RISH, Kyoto University
  • 2005: Executive Vice-President (Research and Finance), Kyoto University
  • 2006: Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
  • 2008–2014: President, Kyoto University
  • 2015–present: President, RIKEN
  • Organizations

  • 1999 – Chairman of International Union of Radio Science (URSI)
  • 1999 – Chairman of Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS)
  • 1999 – Fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • 2003 – Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEEE)
  • 2004 – Foreign honorary member of Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
  • 2005 – Fellow of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE)
  • Prizes

  • 1975 – "Study of Whistler mode wave particle interaction over the magnetosphere plasma" was awarded the Tanaka-kan Award by the Japan Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences
  • 2006 – Awarded the Yuri Gagarin Medal from the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics
  • 2006 – Awarded the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Science and Technology Award
  • 2007 – Awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal
  • 2008 – Awarded the 2008 Booker Gold Medal from the International Radio Science Union
  • References

    Hiroshi Matsumoto (engineer) Wikipedia

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