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Japanese-American professor Mabuchi gets $500,000 grant.

LOS ANGELES, June 14 Kyodo

Japanese-American academic Hideo Mabuchi has received a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to continue researching quantum optics over the next five years, he said Wednesday.

Mabuchi, 28, an assistant professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), uses lasers and optical traps to better understand the quantum behavior of atoms -- one at a time. This type of research will benefit technology as electronic devices become smaller.

"Microelectronic devices are coming down to the size where you have to understand the physics very carefully," Mabuchi said in a statement.

Mabuchi and Erik Winfree, a fellow Caltech assistant professor who specializes in computer sciences, were among the 25 MacArthur fellows selected from across the United States.

Mabuchi was surprised by a phone call he received last week informing him of the grant and is not sure how to spend the money, the statement said.

"I feel strongly encouraged to continue to pursue my own interests, and not to worry about recognition and others' perceptions because I feel like someone has been watching and appreciates what I do," Mabuchi said.

Every year the MacArthur Foundation forms an anonymous selection committee to choose from among 20-30 fellows from a range of fields. Outstanding individuals are selected from the arts, humanities and sciences and awarded $500,000 with "no strings attached."

Each recipient receives $25,000 quarterly over a five-year period and health insurance, in order to devote time to pursuing their creative, intellectual or professional inclinations.

Since 1981, 588 fellows have been named.

Mabuchi was born and raised in Massachusetts. His parents moved to the United States around 1970. While his mother is from Shimane Prefecture, his father hails from the city of Kagoshima in Kyushu.
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Date:Jun 19, 2000
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