Nobel Prize in Physics Masatoshi Kojima’s “Adversity Life” is November 13 at 5:15 p.m.
It can be said that the life of Masatoshi Kojima, who won the Nobel Prize, is not flat, but rather a series of adversity that he has overcome without any difficulty.
When he was a boy, he dreamed of becoming a musician and a soldier, but when he was a child, he became a child and gave up.
Kojima became interested in physics when he was a junior high school student, and when he was sick and in the hospital, he read Einstein’s book from his homeroom teacher.
I was a student at the old system, but my grades were not so good, so a physics professor said, “Kojima is not good at physics. I happened to hear him say, “I’m not going to go into physics.”
Kojima says he was inspired by this and began to study hard, and his physics grades improved, and he began to study physics.
At one point, Mr. Kojima, who became a professor at the University of Tokyo after studying at an overseas university, was asked by a colleague of his researcher to think about an experimental device for observing a phenomenon called “proton decay,” and he wrote a conceptual diagram of the experimental device overnight.
It was realized as an observation device called “Kamiokande” which installed a huge water tank 1000 meters underground in Kamioka-cho, Gifu Prefecture.
It was a big job by Mr. Kojima, who called himself an “experimental shop” and believed only what he had confirmed in the experiment rather than what was written in textbooks.
However, adversity continues after this.
No matter how long we continued our observations, we couldn’t catch the signs of the “proton decay” we were looking for.
Mr. Kojima, who was troubled, thought that he might be able to observe elementary particles called “neutrinos” in “Kamiokande”, and changed his policy to observe “neutrinos” greatly.
Two months after the device was modified, we finally succeeded in capture the neutrinos.
It was observed because a large amount of neutrinos were released in the phenomenon of supernova explosions that occurred in the Great Magellan Nebula for the first time in about 380 years.
It was a lucky event that luck finally allyed and a great opportunity to observe neutrinos.
It was just before Mr. Kojima retired from the University of Tokyo at retirement age.
However, it did not end easily still.
At that time, a joint team from Italy and the former Soviet Union announced that they had captured neutrinos before The Kojimas.
Without rushing, Mr. Kojima announced the observation results after verifying the data.
As a result, it was found that the italian and former Soviet teams had incorrect data, and the observation results of Kojima’s team were recognized in a major reversal.
On October 8, 2002, the news of the Nobel Prize will finally arrive at Kojima-san.
When she heard about the award decision, she was on the phone, repeating “Thank You Berry Match” over and over again.
After receiving the Nobel Prize, Mr. Kojima said, “My students have taken over from me and have had great results. My dream is for my students to win the Nobel Prize in the future.”
His student, Takaaki Shibata, director of the Institute of Cosmic Rays at the University of Tokyo, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015, and Kojima’s wishes have been realized.
Mr. Kojima said, “I graduated from the Faculty of Science at the University of Tokyo in Biri, so I have been studying hard to catch up with the people around me. I was lucky enough to meet wonderful people like teachers, colleagues and students.”
In the course of Kojima’s life and his words, you can feel the weight of the person who continued to move firmly without being discouraged even in times of adversity.