Professor Hajime Inoue was born in Tokyo in 1949. He graduated from the Department of Astronomy, University of Tokyo in 1972. In midstream of the graduate course of University of Tokyo, he became a research associate of the Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science, University of Tokyo (prototype agency of ISAS, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)), and joined the X-ray astronomy group at ISAS, in 1975. He started participations in developments of detectors, rocket experiments, and developments of X-ray astronomy satellites. In particular, he has continuously been making significant contributions to the developments of the Japanese X-ray astronomy satellites, Hakucho (launched in 1979), Tenma (in 1983), Ginga (in 1987) and ASCA (in 1993), and is now leading the Astro-E2 project to rebuild, with slight modification, the Astro-E, which ISAS failed to place in a stable orbit on February 10, 2000. In astrophysical research, he has mainly been studying phenomena related to accretion flows onto neutron stars or black holes including active galactic nuclei. Through these activities, he wrote several high impact papers and was awarded as one of the top thirty Citation Laureates in Japan by Thomson Scientific in 2000. He obtained a Ph.D. from Univ. of Tokyo in 1977, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and to Professor in 1994. He is the director of the research division for space astrophysics, ISAS, and also the science adviser of the MEXT.
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