Congratulations to Satoru Tsuchikawa who is the winner of the 2017 Tomas Hirschfeld Award. The Hirschfeld Award is organised by the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS) and is sponsored by Büchi. It is named after the late Tomas Beno Hirschfeld, born in Uruguay, who contributed so much to NIR spectroscopy and vibrational spectroscopy in general.
Satoru Tsuchikawa graduated from the School of Agriculture and the Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, in 1987 and 1989, respectively. His academic career started in 1990 as an Assistant Professor at Nagoya University. He earned a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from Nagoya University in 1998. In 2004, he was Professor at Nagoya University. Since 2016, he has been Vice Dean at the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University. His main research area is the application of NIR spectroscopy to wood and various agricultural products. He has been involved in this sort of studies for over 25 years, and published more than 100 papers. He has won several awards, including the Büchi NIR Award (2003) and the PerkinElmer Award (2003). He is secretary-general of Asian NIR Consortium and Japan NIR Consortium.