Biography of Hiroo Kanamori

B. S. (Physics), Tokyo University, 1959
M. S. (Geophysics), Tokyo University, 1961
Ph.D. (Geophysics), Tokyo University, 1964


Professional Experience

Research Associate, Geophysics Institute, Tokyo University, 1962-65
Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1965-66
Associate Professor, Earthquake Research Institute, Tokyo University, 1966-69
Visiting Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969
Professor, Earthquake Research Institute, Tokyo University, 1970-72
Professor, California Institute of Technology, 1972-89
Director, Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 1990-April, 1998
John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professorship of Geophysics, 1989-2005
John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professorship of Geophysics, Emeritus, 2005-


Major Research Interest

Kanamori’s research centers on the physics of earthquakes. His work includes: (1) quantification of great earthquakes, (2) quantitative study of tsunami earthquakes, (3) seismological study of volcanic eruptions, (4) real-time seismology for hazard mitigation, (5) study of atmospheric waves excited by volcanic eruptions, (6) study of interaction between solid earth and atmosphere, (7) synthesis of microscopic and macroscopic physics of earthquakes, (8) study on diversity of earthquakes, (9) Seismic tsunami warning


Membership

Seismological Society of Japan
American Geophysical Union
Seismological Society of America
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Awards and Honors

President of the Seismological Society of America, 1985-86; Chairman, Committee on Seismology, National Research, Council, National Academy of Sciences, 1986-1989; Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1987- ; Medal of the Seismological Society of America, 1992; Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship, National Academy of Science, 1993; California Scientist of the Year, Museum of Science and Industry Award, 1993; The Asahi Prize, 1993; Walter H. Bucher Medal, American Geophysical Union, 1996, Japan Academy Prize, The Japan Academy, 2004; Cultural Merit Award, The Japanese Government, 2006; Kyoto Prize, Inamori Foundation, 2007