Distinguished Scientists Join the OIST Board of Governors

Nobel Laureates Serge Haroche and Yuan Tse Lee and Professor Albrecht Wagner join the OIST Board of Governors.

The ultimate authority and responsibility for the management and operation of the OIST School Corporation lies with the Board of Governors (BOG), which meets at OIST twice a year, in May and October. The BOG is made up of scientists and science administrators with international status. There are currently four Nobel Laureates on the Board.

At the meeting on October 1, Professors Serge Haroche, Yuan Tseh Lee and Albrecht Wagner were appointed to the BOG.

Serge Haroche is a physicist, born in 1944 in Casablanca. He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), receiving his doctorate from Paris VI University in 1971. After a post-doctoral visit to Stanford University (1972-73), he became full professor at Paris VI University in 1975, a position he held until 2001, when he was appointed Professor at Collège de France (in the chair of quantum physics). He has also been Maître de Conference at Ecole Polytechnique (1974-1984), visiting professor at Harvard (1981), part time professor at Yale University (1984-1993), member of Institut Universitaire de France (1991-2000) and chairman of the ENS Department of Physics (1994-2000). From 2012 to 2015, he has been President of the Collège de France. Serge Haroche has made important contributions to the field of quantum optics and quantum information science. He has received many prizes and awards, culminating with the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics (shared with David Wineland) for “ground breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”.

Yuan T. Lee, a chemist from Taiwan, has a long association with OIST. He first joined the Board of Governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Promotion Corporation in 2007 and has been very influential in the development of the Graduate University. He was a Member of the Board of Governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation until 2013. He stepped down for a period of two years but has agreed to rejoin the Board of Governors as of October 2015. Yuan T. Lee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986 and has been honored for his contribution to science by many nations. He holds Honorary Doctorates from 41 universities worldwide. Yuan T. Lee has been a professor at many institutions: the University of Chicago; University of California, Berkeley; Honorary Professor at the National Taiwan University; and Distinguished Research Fellow at Academia Sinica. He also served as President of the Academia Sinica from 1994 to 2006.
Albrecht Wagner is a particle physicist from Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg and worked as a researcher at the University of Heidelberg, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (USA), DESY and CERN. In 1984 he became Professor at the University of Heidelberg and in 1991 at the University of Hamburg, where he was also appointed Director of Research at DESY. From 1999 until 2009, Dr. Wagner was Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors. He played a critical role as the leader of several international consortia, including as Chairman of the TESLA Technology Collaboration Board from 2005 to 2009 and as Chairman of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) from 2006 to 2008. He has, and continues, to serve on many advisory boards and councils. From 2007 to 2008 he was Vice President of the Helmholtz Foundation; since 2008 he has been the Chairman of the Council of Hamburg University; and since 2010 a member of the Board of the Joachim Herz Foundation. He previously served as the Chair of the Board of Councilors at OIST Graduate University. Dr. Wagner is the holder of multiple honorary degrees and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Distinguished Service Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
OIST is honored to have individuals with such global influence and experience to guide the future growth of the Graduate University.

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