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Yoshihiro Kyotani

Japanese National Railroad
Award Recipient

For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has had a unique and lasting influence in introducing superconductivity to the transportation field: in particular,

  • for his role in proposing and in leading the magnetic levitation (MAGLEV) railroad project in Japan from its inception to its present level of development,
  • or his technical skills in developing a total system with its (low temperature) superconducting magnet suspension systems and the associated cryogenics into a realistic and viable transportation concept, and
  • for his strong leadership that has resulted in sustained magnetic levitation progress over the past thirty years.