Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Masanori Murakami, Ph.D., Physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.
A renowned expert in plasma physics and magnetic fusion, Dr. Murakami has conducted extensive research in experimental plasma confinement, plasma transport, plasma diagnostics and scenario simulations. Having amassed more than five decades of industry experience, he most recently served as a distinguished research and development staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1969 until his retirement from the industry in 2017. He commenced his career as a research assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1966 to 1969.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Murakami has been a visiting scientist at General Atomics in San Diego, CA, since 1995, having formerly acted in the same capacity at the Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University between 1984 and 1985 and again from 1993 and 1994. A former executive committee member within the division of plasma physics of the American Physical Society from 1987 to 1989, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals in an effort to share his wealth of knowledge to his scientific community.
Dr. Murakami pursued a formal education in his formative years, having attended the Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1963, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science. Thereafter, he received a Master of Science from Kyoto University in 1965 and a Doctor of Philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970.
When Dr. Murakami was in his youth, nuclear fusion was publicized worldwide, which produced a plethora of publications on matters related to nuclear activity. Interested in nuclear physics from that point onward, he studied electrical engineering during his undergraduate and graduate studies and applied to a study abroad program through the Japanese government. Soon accepted, he traveled to the United States, where he was invited to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by a professor to study physics.
As a testament to his profound success, Dr. Murakami has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. Looking toward the future, he hopes to aid the future generation of scientists accomplish their goals.
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