TAINAN, Taiwan--()--Masahiro Yoshimura, a famed expert on ceramics and materials science, celebrated his 70th birthday with colleagues, students and friends coming from all over the world including Japan, Korea, China, U.S.A, France, Hungary, and Czech at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, recently.
“I hope the research of bioceramics will gain momentum from this gathering and every senior like me will gain energy by interacting with young people around”
As a satellite event of 2012 Asian BioCeramics (ABC) Symposium, the birthday party, Nov. 20, hosted by the department of material science and engineering is a heartfelt gesture to the valuable contribution of professor Yoshimura to NCKU.
Prof. Yoshimura who was surprise by the special arrangement said, “Turning 70 today, I have never consider before that I can be the center of the grand gathering and thanks to you, my family and my friends to make this happened.”
Surrounded by students, colleagues, friends, and family, Yoshimura made his birthday wishes, “I hope the research of bioceramics will gain momentum from this gathering and every senior like me will gain energy by interacting with young people around”
“Under the leadership of Prof. Yoshimura, the Promotion Center for Global Materials Research (PCGMR) upgrade the university’s global status via materials science and engineering,” said Jiunn-Der Liao, director of NCKU Department of Materials Science.
“Prof. Yoshimura has renewed his contract with NCKU to 2014,” according to director Liao who announced the good news at the party.
Professor emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Yoshimura had been visiting professor of the Department of Materials Science at NCKU since January, 2010, and was later recruited as distinguished professor in July, 2011.
He has done research in the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S., and the Laboratoire de Chimie Appliqee de l’Etat Solide C.E.C.M., France, and has received many awards such as 2006 Tokyo Metropolitan Academic Award, 2007 Research Award, Ministry of Education, Culture & Science, Japan and 2009 Lee Hsun Award, Institute of Metal Research, China.
Internationally, Yoshimura had served as president of International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association (ISHA), vice-president of the World Academy of Ceramics, and had been a member of the International Institute of Science of Sintering, Serbia. He has published 680 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 3 books and 30 patents, among others.