Watanabe, Prof. Hiroshi

Hiroshi Watanabe obtained his PhD in March 1985 from the Department of Macromolecular Science, Faculty of Science, Osaka University, Japan. In April 1983 (before he obtained his degree), he started working as an assistant professor at that Department. In August 1994, he moved to the Institute for Chemical Research (ICR), Kyoto University, Japan, as an associate professor, and was promoted to a full professor (current position) at ICR in January 2003. Hiroshi has been interested in molecular rheology and dynamics of softmatters that include polymers, suspensions, emulsions, and gels, and has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers/book for these materials (http://rdb.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp/researchers/view/38/en). He is a member of the Society of Rheology Japan, the Society of Rheology USA, the Korean Society of Rheology, the American Chemical Society, and the American Physical Society, and has been presenting his research results in conferences of these societies. His research has been well recognized in those societies, as evidenced from awards for him that include the Fellow of the American Physical Society (November, 2005), the Award of the Society of Polymer Science Japan (May 2008), the Award of the Society of Rheology Japan (May 2012), and the Bingham Award of the Society of Rheology USA (October 2015). Apart from those scientific activities, he has been serving those societies through several roles that include the Japanese Representative Delegate of International Committee on Rheology (April 2002-present), the President of The Society of Rheology, Japan (May 2015-May 2017), and the Chair of the International Committee on Rheology (August 2016-August 2020).