A Tribute to Shizuo Fujiwara

The following tribute was written by Prof. Toshimichi Fujiwara of Osaka University:

Shizuo Fujiwara, a pioneer in the field of NMR spectroscopy and the organizer of the first ISMAR meeting held in Tokyo 1965, passed away at the age of 98 on October 3, 2018. He started his scientific career in Faculty of Science, Tokyo Univ. by studying high-frequency titration of Cu glycine complexes in the aftermath of World War II. In 1950, he endeavored to build an NMR spectrometer in Univ. of Electro-Communications, Tokyo Japan in the shortage of iron and copper wires for the magnet. He reported nuclear moment for F, P, Cu, Br and In more precisely than ever. Owing to such achievements, he was invited to join the project for developing high-resolution NMR spectrometers by Prof. H. S. Gutowsky in Illinois Univ. He built an spectrometer with C. Holm and T. Farrar during the period 1953-1955. After returning to Japan, he made the same 27-MHz NMR spectrometer as in Illinois. He was appointed a professor of Tokyo Univ. in 1961. He contributed greatly to magnetic resonance communities. He set up a research group on the application of NMR to chemistry in Tokyo. He organized the first Japanese NMR meeting in 1961. This meeting developed to the annual meeting of NMR society of Japan whose 58th meeting will be held in 2019. He chaired an international symposium on NMR held in Tokyo, September 1965, which is recognized as the first ISMAR meeting. He was an invited lecturer of the first International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems (ICMRBS) Boston 1965, which leaded to the ninth ICMRBS taking place in Nara Japan, 1978 organized by himself with T. Miyazawa and S. Onishi. He reported NMR relaxation in multi-spin systems with H. Shimizu et al. and NMR study of amino acids with Y. Arata et al. at the first Japanese NMR meeting in 1961. In the following meetings, he presented biological NMR studies, NMR methodology using computer, and in vivo magnetic resonance. He also studied chemical informatics. After his retirement from Tokyo Univ. in 1981, he served as a professor of Chiba Univ. (1981-1986) and of Kanagawa Univ. (1986-1992). His exceptional contribution was recognized also by the Japanese Government, and he received the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star in 1994.