Distinguished Alumni Awards

Masao Doyama

Masao  Doyama
To Masao Doyama for pioneering research in crystalline defects and their influence on properties of materials and for leadership in international comunications and education.

Proffesor, Department of Materials, Nishi-Tokyo University, Uenohara Yamanashi, Japan, Professor Emeritus, Lanzhou University ,People's Republic of China, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

  • MS, Physics, 1958
  • PhD, Physics, 1962

Masao Doyama has an outstanding record of contributions to the science and engineering aspects of materials. His thesis, a study of vacancy lattice sites in silver, started him on a distinguished career in the study of properties of solids. His pioneering research in applications of physical techniques to problems in materials science has earned him the respect of solid state physicists and materials scientists worldwide. The ability to contribute both to solid state physics and materials science became apparent while he was a student here, was enhanced by his work at the Argonne National Laboratory, continued through his tenure at Tokyo University, Nagoya University, and Nishi-Tokyo University, and its demonstrated today by his work internationally. Masao Doyama’s forte is the application of highly sophisticated experimental techniques to the study of defects in solids and to their influence on the materials science aspects of solids. Two techniques running prominently through his work are positron annihilation and muon decay in solids. Application of these techniques has led him to collaboration with a host of scientists worldwide. He has published hundreds of technical works, edited many publications in materials science, and translated a dozen books on materials science from English to Japanese. He has organized international conferences, including several on the use of computers in materials science. His accomplishments have been recognized by many prestigious awards, and he has served at the highest levels in his field in Japan as president of the Japan Institute of Metals, the Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Society and the materials Research Society of Japan, at present, he is president of the International Union of Materials Research Societies. Masao Doyama is an enthusiastic ambassador between Illinois and Japan. For five years, he was president of the Japan Illini Club (1,300 members) and now serves as president emeritus. While president, he raised $25,000 for the contribution of cherry trees to the UIUC campus. After much personal effort, he was delighted to see the signing of an academic exchange agreement between UIUC and the University of Tokyo in 1984. This service was formally recognized by the Alumni Association when he was presented with its Loyalty Award in 1985. Current as of 1995.