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.