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Yousuf KARSH

Armenia 1908 – United States of America 2002

  • 1925 Canada

Hideki Yukawa 1969 Creation Notes: prtd 1974
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 73.6 h x 99.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 74.396.125
Subject: Portrait: male

‘In his spacious physics laboratory, Yukawa seemed to have discovered the secret of joyful human encounter, as well as the mathematical formulations which earned him a Nobel Prize.’ (Karsh)

Like fellow physicist Shinichiro Tomonoga, Yukawa was born in Tokyo and raised in Kyoto. They graduated in the same year from KyotoUniversity. From 1938 he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at KyotoUniversity. In 1948 he was Visiting Professor to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and from the following year Visiting Professor at ColumbiaUniversity. Noted for his work on the nature of the atomic nucleus, he was also a very strong advocate for the peaceful use of atomic energy. He was the first Japanese citizen to be awarded a Nobel Prize and was also made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Kyoto and a Living Human Treasure.

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