Kohji Hirata

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Kohji Hirata
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.

Bachrelor: 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 Colliders (ICFA).

1998-2016 Prof. SOKENDAI(The Graduate University for Advanced Studies), working mainly on stimulating interdisciplinary collaborations and on STS, in particular on studies ofbig sciences and of 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 Interests


Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2007
Mar 2016
Prof., Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems, School of Advanced Sciences SOKENDAI


The Birth of the laboratory for High Energy Physics
Kohji Hirata
44(12) 210-220   Jun 2016   [Invited]
Trans-science and Communication
Kohji Hirata
   Mar 2008   [Invited]
Social History of High Energy Physics
Kohji Hirata
295-339   2011

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
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]