Hideki Yukawa

He was born as Hideki Ogawa in Tokyo and grew up in Kyoto with two older brothers, two older sisters, and two younger brothers. He read the Confucian Doctrine of the Mean, and later Lao-Tzu and Chuang-Tzu. His father, for a time, considered sending him to technical college rather than university since he was “not as outstanding a student as his older brothers”. However, when his father broached the idea with his middle school principal, the principal praised his “high potential” in mathematics and offered to adopt Ogawa himself in order to keep him on a scholarly career. At that, his father relented.

Ogawa decided against becoming a mathematician when in high school; his teacher marked his exam answer as incorrect when Ogawa proved a theorem but in a different manner than the teacher expected. He decided against a career in experimental physics in college when he demonstrated clumsiness in glassblowing, a requirement for experiments in spectroscopy.

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Additional Articles associated with this person’s firsts:

      Hideki Yukawa
Field of Study:
      Theoretical physics
      January 23rd 1907,
      Azabu, Tokyo
      September 8th 1981,
      Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
      Sumi Yukawa
      (m. 1932–1981)
      Harumi Yukawa,
      Takaaki Yukawa

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