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  • From: Nagy Denes Lajos <nagy AT>
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  • Subject: [Mix] Francis Eiichi Fujita (1924-2007)
  • Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 14:10:40 +0100 (CET)
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In Memoriam Francis Eiichi Fujita

It is with great sadness that the International Board on the Applications of the Mossbauer Effect (IBAME) announces the passing of

Professor Francis Eiichi Fujita

who died on 1 December 2007.

Professor Fujita's death is an irreparable loss for the international Mossbauer Community. We shall miss him. Our sympathy goes to his family, friends and colleagues.

Below you will find the obituary written by Prof. Y. Yoshida, Member of IBAME.

D.L. Nagy
Chair, IBAME


Professor Dr. Francis Eiichi Fujita passed on 1st of December 2007 and the funeral ceremony was held in the Catholic Church of Ashiya, Kobe on 2nd of December.

Francis Eiichi Fujita was born in Hon Kong in 1924. He graduated at The University of Tokyo and subsequently he worked as a research assistant in the Research Institute of Iron, Steel and Other Metals, Tohoku University and, furthermore, as a group leader in the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. After staying at the Brookhaven National Laboratory as a research associate, he was invited as a professor of metal physics to the Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University in 1963. After he retired from Osaka University and became a professor emeritus in 1989, he moved to Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology, Fukuroi and later served as a science adviser in Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. He devoted not only for education, research works, but also for a member of various meeting committees and a sub-chairman of the Japan Institute of Metals. He was a representative scientist of the Japanese Mossbauer community over many years and a member of the organizing committee of ICAME in Kyoto 1979. It is well known that Prof. Francis Eiichi Fujita was one of the most familiar friends of Prof. Ulrich Gonser, who passed on 12. December 2007. His enthusiastic efforts, especially in the education and the research works in metal physics, were so fruitful that his many students have excellent contributions to the academic and the industrial societies.

Francis Eiichi Fujita was one of the pioneers in metal physics in Japan. He studied lattice defects including dislocation theory, deformation and fracture mechanism and radiation damages in wide varieties of materials. Alloy phase diagrams, martensitic transformation, hydrogen in metals and amorphous materials were studied using electron microscope, Mossbauer Spectroscopy and other new methods in materials science. He was highly appreciated through his scientific achievements. He was awarded the Honda memorial prize in 2000 and was decorated with Zuihou Chujyushou (one of the most honorable medals) from the Emperor in 2006.

His warm character and sincere attitude toward scientific works shall be never forgotten.

Yutaka Yoshida
IBAME, Japan

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