Hideki Yukawa

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Hideki Yukawa

Yukawa attended Kyoto Imperial University and then continued lecturing there for 4 years after he graduated

Yukawa lived and worked in Japan. He was born on January 3, 1907. He died on September 8, 1981 at the age of 74. Yukawa was born Hideki Ogawa but his family name changed to Yukawa when he married Sumi Yukawa in 1932. They had two sons named Harumi and Takaaki .

Personal Life

Education

Yukawa is most well known for his studies on elementary particles, specifically mesons. He was a professor at both Columbia University and Kyoto University. His famous published essay is called "On the Interaction of Elementary Particles".

He published his theory of mesons in 1938 and it became a key resource in understanding elementary particles.

Studies

Mesons are basically the carriers of the nuclear force that bond protons and neutrons together in atomic nuclei. The meson is named after the Greek word “mesos” which means middle, as in the force in the middle of the protons and neutrons that keep them bonded.

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Works

Yukawa is most well known for his studies on elementary particles, specifically mesons. He was a professor at both Columbia University and Kyoto University

Studies

Mesons are subatomic particles made up of one quark and one antiquark. Quarks are elementary particles found in mesons, hadrons (protons and neutrons).

Imperial Prize (1940)Nobel Prize in Physics (1949)Foreign Member Royal Society of London (1963) Lomonosov Gold Medal (1964)

Works Cited"Hideki Yukawa - Facts." Hideki Yukawa - Facts. Nobel Prize, n.d. Web. 07 June 2015."Hideki Yukawa." Hideki Yukawa. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2015.Yukawa, Hideki, Jean-Mathieu Luccioni, Florence Robert, and Louis Leprince-Ringuet. Yukawa: L'itinéraire Intellectuel D'un Physicien Japonais. Paris: Belin, 1984. Print.

-First to predict existence of mesons-Buddhist-Worked in quantum mechanics-Born in Tokyo

Facts

Early in his studies, Yukawa was interested in theoretical physics and elementary particles, but later brought his focus down to mesons.

Early Work

Yukawa's meson theory has helped the world of physics advance immensely by helping us understand the bond between protons and neutrons and elementary particles.


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