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Shizuo Miyake (1911-2000)

We regret to announce that S. Miyake, one of the leading figures in Japanese Crystallography, died recently at 88 years of age. He graduated from the U. of Tokyo, and started research predominantly on X-ray and electron diffraction, working for S. Nishikawa. In the late 1950’s he was appointed to a Professorship at the Tokyo Inst. of Technology, and soon moved to the U. of Tokyo, Inst. of Solid State Physics. Until his retirement he was the Director of that Institute. He published numerous research papers, the most famous of which include: 'An experimental demonstration of domain structures of Rochelle salt by using the dynamical extinction effects in X-ray diffraction' and 'An experimental discovery of a failure of Friedel’s law in electron diffraction'. He attended the IUCr Congress and General Assemblies, often as the head of the Japanese delegations, and served the IUCr as a co-editor of Acta Crystallographica and a commission member.

K. Ohashi (
23 June 2009