AUTHORBrown, Laurie M. / Nambu, Yoichiro
TITLEPhysicists in Wartime Japan
PERIODICAL TITLEScientific American
DATE PUBLISHED1998
VOLUME NUMBER279
ISSUE NUMBER6
PAGE NUMBERS96-103
ISSN0036-8733
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This article highlights the significant scientific accomplishments made by Japanese physicists in the 1930s, and continuing into the American occupation of Japan after World War II. The authors chronicle the endeavors of physicists Hantaro Nagaoka, Yoshio Nishina, Hideki Yukawa, and Shinichiro Tomonaga as they continued their scientific pursuits during and after the war. Those pursuits eventually garnered Nobel Prizes for Tomonaga and Yukawa. One of the authors of the article, Yoichiro Nambu, was a contemporary of the physicists. The article gives a direct account of the harsh living and working conditions that physicists endured, which makes their story even more remarkable. It also briefly mentions some of the physicists’ efforts in the abortive Japanese atomic bomb program.


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