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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Washington Office
Job title
PhD(Physics)(Univ. Tsukuba)
Other affiliation
KEK, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization


Born in Tokyo.

Bachelor: Keio University (Engineering)

Master: Tokyo University of Education (Physics)

Ph.D.: University of Tsukuba (theoretical physics, particle physics) March 1979

1984-1998 Assistant and Associate Prof. , KEK, National Laboratory for High Energy Physics (Accelerator Department) . (Enjoyed the beam physics research for TRISTAN and KEKB.)

1994-2000 Chairman of the Beam Dynamics Panel of International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA).

1998-2016 Prof. of SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies), working mainly on promotion of interdisciplinary collaborations and STS studies, in particular on Big Sciences and Science Communication. 2001-2016 Director of the Center for the Promotion of Integrated Sciences (name changed). 2016- Professor Emeritus of SOKENDAI.

2001-2016 A Director (or Auditor) of Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies (JSSTS). 207-2009 The President.

2004-2006 A Director of the Physical Society of Japan

2017- Director, Washington Office Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2017
The Accelerator Laboraatory, Professor
Apr 2016
Professor Emeritus, SOKENDAI
Apr 2007
Mar 2016
Prof., Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems, School of Advanced Sciences SOKENDAI
Apr 2004
Mar 2016
Assistant of the President, SOKENDAI
Aug 1988
Mar 2016
Coordination Center of Research and Education etc, Professsor
Apr 1984
Dec 1993
Assistant Professor, Accelerator, National Laboratory for High Energy Physics
May 1993
Dec 1993
visiting researcher, Beam Physics Division, SLAC
Feb 1988
Jan 1990
Researcher, LEP Division, CERN


The Birth of the laboratory for High Energy Physics
Kohji Hirata
Gendai Shisou   44(12) 210-220   Jun 2016   [Invited]
Social History of High Energy Physics
Kohji Hirata
Science and Society 2010   295-339   2011
Trans-science and Communication
Kohji Hirata
Communication in Science      Mar 2008   [Invited]
Advanced Single Particle Dynamics
Kohji Hirata
KEK Report   98(66) 1-21   Mar 1998

Conference Activities & Talks

Incertitude of the Science in case of the Highest Luminosity Accelerator
Kohji Hirata
Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science   30 Aug 2017   
Similarity between Law and Science
Kohji Hirata
22 Nov 2015   

Teaching Experience


Published Papers

A Comprehensive Research Group on the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kaken-Hi) and the Formation of High Energy Physics Community in Japan
Kohji Hirata and Yoshinobu Takaiwa
Kagakusi Kenkyu   56(281) 17-31   Apr 2017   [Refereed]
The Huge and Advanced Engineering as Trans-science
Kohji Hirata
Journal of Science and Technology Studies   (11) 31-49   Mar 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
The concept of trans-science by A. Weinberg is reexamined in connection with a huge and advanced
science project, KEK B factory. Classification of the trans-science is introduced which implies the similarity with the uncertainty matrix approach of...
Science Program of TV and Science: A Case Study on "Woman and Man" of NHK (in Japanese; 科学番組と科学 : NHK「女と男」を例に)
Japanese Journal of Science Communication 科学技術コミュニケーション   8 3-13   Dec 2010   [Refereed]
Social Aspects of Japanese High Energy Accelerators
Kohji Hirata
International Particle Accelerator Conference Kyoto, Japan 2010   205-207   2010   [Refereed]
S. Petracca, Th. Demma, and K. Hirata
PHYSICAL REVIEW SPECIAL TOPICS - ACCELERATORS AND BEAMS   8(074401) 074401-1-074401-6   Jul 2005   [Refereed]
学技術社会論研究   (1) 68-74   Oct 2002   [Refereed]
An Essay on Big-Device-Pure Sciences (in Japanese; 大型装置純粋科学試論)
Japan Journal fpr Science, technology & Society (年報科学技術社会)   8 51-74   May 1999   [Refereed]
K. Hirata
Phys.Rev.Letters   74(12) 2228-2231   1995   [Refereed]
Classical Theory of Dirac's Monopoles
Kohji Hirata
   Mar 1979   [Refereed]


Apr 1974
Mar 1976
Tokyo University of Education
Apr 1957
Mar 1963
Hikawa Elementary School