Syun-Ichi Akasofu

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name = Syun-Ichi Akasofu


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caption = Dr. Akasofu
birth_date = December 4, 1930
birth_place = Nagano-ken, Japan
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residence = flagicon|USA United States
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field = Geophysics
work_institution = University of Alaska Fairbanks
alma_mater = Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (B.A., 1953; M.S., 1957), University of Alaska Fairbanks (Ph.D., 1961)
doctoral_advisor = Sydney Chapman
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known_for = Space physics, Aurora research
prizes = Chapman Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Fellow of the AGU, John Adam Fleming Medal of the AGU, Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence of the University of Alaska, and Order of the Sacred Treasures, Gold and Silver Stars by the Emperor of Japan
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nihongo|Syun-Ichi Akasofu|赤祖父 俊一|"Akasofu Shun'ichi"|extra=Ph.D., born December 4, 1930, Nagano-ken, Japan, is the Founding Director of the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and its Director since its establishment in 1998 until January 2007. Previously he was director of the Geophysical Institute since 1986.

Background

Dr. Akasofu earned a B.S. and a M.S. in geophysics at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1953 and 1957. respectively. He earned a Ph.D in geophysics at UAF in 1961. Within the framework of his Ph.D. thesis he studied the aurora. His scientific adviser was Sydney Chapman. Dr. Akasofu has been a professor of geophysics at UAF since 1964.

Akasofu was director of the Geophysical Institute from 1986 until 1999, during which time the Alaska Volcano Observatory was established and Poker Flat Research Range was modernized. He went on to become the first director of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) upon its establishment in 1998, and remained in that position until 2007. The same year, the building which houses IARC was named in his honor.

Dr. Akasofu has served as an Associate Editor of the "Journal of Geophysical Research" (1972-74) and the "Journal of Geomagnetism & Geoelectricity" (1972-present), respectively. Furthermore, he has served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the "Planetary Space Science" (1969-present), the Editorial Advisory Board of "Space Science Reviews" (1967-77), and the Editorial Committee of "Space Science Reviews" (1977-present).

Climate change

Akasofu is one of the 400 scientists listed in a report issued by the Republican minority of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works entitled [http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.SenateReport "Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007"] who were said to dispute the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
* [http://climatesci.colorado.edu/index.php?s=akasofu&submit=Search] On the Fundamental Defect in the IPCC’s Approach to Global Warming Research by Syun-Ichi Akasofu, Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr. Research Group Weblog, June 15 2007
* [http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/highlights/2007/akasofu_3_07/Earth_recovering_from_LIA.pdf Is the Earth still recovering from the “Little Ice Age”? A possible cause of global warming]

Selected Publications

He is a [http://portal.isiknowledge.com/portal.cgi?DestApp=HCR&Func=Frame highly cited author] .

* Akasofu, S.-I., Polar and Magnetospheric Substorms, D. Reidel Pub. Co., Dordrecht, Holland, 1968, (also a Russian edition).
* Akasofu, S.-I., B. Fogle, and B. Haurwitz, Sydney Chapman, Eighty, published by the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Publishing Service of the University of Colorado, 1968.
* Akasofu, S.-I. and S. Chapman, Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Clarendon Press, Oxford, England, 1972, (also a Russian and Chinese edition).
* Akasofu, S.-I., The Aurora: A Discharge Phenomenon Surrounding the Earth, (in Japanese), Chuo-koran- sha, Tokyo, Japan.
* Akasofu, S.-I., Physics of Magnetospheric Substorms, D. Reidel, Pub. Co., Dordrecht, Holland, 1977.
* Akasofu, S.-I., Aurora Borealis: The Amazing Northern Lights, Alaska Geographic Society, Alaska Northwest Pub. Co., 6, 2, 1979, (also a Japanese edition).
* Akasofu, S.-I. (ed.), Dynamics of the Magnetosphere, D. Reidel Pub. Co., Dordrecht, Holland, 1979.
* Akasofu, S.-I. and J.R. Kan (eds.), Physics of Auroral Arc Formation, Am. Geophys. Union, Washington, D.C., 1981.
* Akasofu, S.-I. and Y. Kamide (eds.), The Solar Wind and the Earth, Geophys. Astrophys. Monographs, Terra Scientific Pub. Co., Tokyo, Japan, and D. Reidel Pub. Co., Dordrecht, Holland, 1987.
* Akasofu, S.-I., Secrets of the Aurora Borealis, Alaska Geographic Society, Banta Publications Group/Hart Press, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2002.
* Akasofu, S.-I. Exploring the Secrets of the Aurora, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands, 2002.

Awards and Honors

* 1976 - Chapman Medal, Royal Astronomical Society
* 1977 - The Japan Academy of Sciences Award
* 1979 - Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
* 1979 - John Adam Fleming Medal, AGU
* 1980 - Named a Distinguished Alumnus by UAF
* 1981 - Named one of the "1,000 Most-Cited Contemporary Scientists by Current Contents
* 1985 - First recipient of the Sydney Chapman Chair professorship, UAF
* 1985 - Special Lecture for the Emperor of Japan on the aurora (October 3)
* 1986 - Member of the International Academy of Aeronautics, Paris
* 1987 - Named one of the "Centennial Alumni" by the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
* 1993 - Japan Foreign Minister's Award for Promoting International Relations and Cultural Exchange between Japan and Alaska
* 1996 - Japan Posts and Telecommunications Minister Award for Contributions to the US-Japan Joint Project on Environmental Science in Alaska
* 1997 - Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence, University of Alaska
* 1999 - Alaskan of the Year - Denali Award
* 2002 - Named one of the "World's Most Cited Authors in Space Physics" by Current Contents ISI
* 2003 - Order of the Sacred Treasures, Gold and Silver Stars by the Emperor of Japan

External links

* [http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/people/indiv/iarc_all_staff.php?photo=sakasofu Syun-Ichi Akasofu at the International Arctic Research Center]


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