Yoshimasa Kawata was born in Japan in 1963. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Osaka University in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Since 1992, he had worked at Osaka University as an Assistant Professor for five years. During the period, he visited and worked at Bell Laboratories as a Visiting Researcher supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He moved to Shizuoka University as an Associate Professor in 1997 and was promoted to a Full Professor in 2005. He works currently as the President of the Society of Laser Microscopy and the Executive Board of the Spectroscopical Society of Japan and the Laser Society of Japan. He is also the Program Chair of International Symposium of Optical Memory (ISOM) and Vice Chair of Editorial Committee of Optical Society of Japan. Kawata was selected as a Distinguished Researcher of Shizuoka University in 2011. Moreover, he is mainly interested in nano/biophotonics, confocal/multiphoton microscopy, near-field optics, plasmonics, micro/nanofabrication, photorefractive optics, laser manipulation, and so forth. He is a Pioneer of multilayered optical data storage for the next generation. He has developed many techniques to record data with two-photon process and to read out data with confocal optical microscopy. Because of his pioneering work, he was awarded The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Prizes for Science and Technology (Research Category) in 2007.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011