HIROTA Noboru is Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University. He specializes in chemistry and physical chemistry. He graduated from the Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, in 1959 and completed his PhD at Washington University in 1963. After working at the University of Chicago and the State University of New York in the United States, he went on to become Professor in the Faculty of Science at Kyoto University in 1975. He retired from Kyoto University in 2001 and was appointed to his current position. In his book A History of Modern Chemistry, he gives a detailed historical analysis on the genesis of modern chemistry, the stories behind ground-breaking discoveries, personal portrayals and anecdotes. The book was chosen asTop Favorite 25 Titles in 2017by Choice Magazine!