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Family Background and Childhood Aspray: Could you begin by telling me when and where you were born and what your parents did? Kikuchi: Yes. I was born in Tokyo on December 6, My father’s career was not in the Ministry of Education. After a time he became President of Yokohama Municipal University. He died. He was a very strict person. As you may know, in the Meiji era, people were very strictly educated. My father was like that — a very strict home education. That is one of the reasons why I came to the scientific field.

When I was going into high school, the entrance examination was very difficult. Fortunately I passed, but people outside of my house said, “His father is in the Ministry of Education. He should be very happy.

That is one of the reasons I turned away from my father’s path. My father liked to talk, and liked to learn about science, but he didn’t know much about science and technology. There was nothing very much related to scientific kinds of things in my home. In the early s, there were very few amusements for children, primarily magazines for boys and girls.

There was no television or special programs on the radio. Fortunately, my mother would take me there. She didn’t like to go into the museum that often, so she spent some time outside the museum, but I fully enjoyed it. During that time I was extremely interested in the activities of scientists — not the science itself. I was not so interested in magnetism or things like that. Those are just the achievements of science. That is a very charming process.

That is not only the fundamental activity of scientists but the fundamental activity of human beings. Aspray: Did your enthusiasm for science show in your schoolwork? Kikuchi: No. I spent many years in non-scientific fields. For example, I read Goethe, Kant, Hegel, and so on. During my middle school and high school days I studied German and French. In Japan, the emphasis in language education is just to understand something, not to speak. But that was very helpful for us in order to understand the philosophical works of Kant, Hegel, and Schiller.

I also read Japanese philosophers, such as the philosopher Nishida at Kyoto University. The work is not understandable; it is so difficult. But I liked to read and try to understand, even though I was not so successful in understanding.

Still, it was good training for me to focus on something very difficult to understand. That was how I learned persistence, which was a very important experience for me. I was also a gymnast; I worked on the iron bar, and other kind of things. In middle school I was a member of the baseball team. Midnight is a very charming time, as you know. I lived in a dormitory in the case of my First High School. This was required of every student. The dormitory area was separated from the real world, so we could try every mental experiment.

That is very good training. I then attended Tokyo University, Institute of Physics. I was still charmed by scientific activities, and this is why I finally chose that path in my university days. I continued to be interested in other fields. I attended the lecture course of Edmund Blunden, who was a very famous novelist and professor of literature in Great Britain. I went to the professor of the department of literature and got permission to join that lecture.

World War II What effect did the war have on the development of your life and career? Kikuchi: Oh, that is vitally important. In my high school days, before the end of the war, we were eager to understand the meaning of life, because we were facing death, inescapable death.

My friends who were studying literature had to join the army or the navy. One of my friends went into the war field and was killed. Students like myself, working in the scientific field, got a deferment from the draft. But still we were percent sure that we would be killed in the war fields. So what is the meaning of the war? What is the meaning of a life? We had a strong desire to learn something before the end of our lives. Actually my house was completely burned on April 13th, We moved to another house, and that house was completely burned in a big air raid on the 25th of May.

I still remember the date. It was a very serious experience. After the war the situation was miserable, just miserable. I still remember in and , sometimes we didn’t have any rice for dinner. A whole meal would be a combination of vegetables — tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant, or something like that.

So I still remember what the war was through my experience. In , the news of the transistor came. We became extremely excited. What’s that?

That is such a very charming topic for research. I was in the government laboratory from April , the same year that the transistor was announced to the public.

Tokyo University Aspray: I’d like to ask a few questions about your university training. Why did you choose Tokyo University, and why physics rather than some other field?

Kikuchi: I was advised to attend Tokyo University by my professor in high school, who was a physicist. We didn’t discuss physics much, but he was a very interesting person. His question on a final examination is one example. His question was: “If you try to measure the expansion coefficient of the earth, what kind of instrument would you try to use, and how would you do that? You can carry in any kind of book if you like. We had personal communication because at that time, near the end of the war, regular education was suspended.

We talked about philosophy and many other things. Near the end of my days in high school he said, “I understand you would like to understand and have training in an exploring type of activity, such as physics. I am very much interested in that. Without any special considerations I just followed his advice. That is the very simple reason!

Aspray: What was the focus of your course of study in physics? What was the emphasis in the program? Kikuchi: Right after the war, buildings were still apt to burn on the Homgo campus. So the physics department moved to Nagano Prefecture. I got a postcard from Tokyo University at the end of March informing me that I had passed the entrance examination and was admitted as a student in the physics department.

I was instructed to carry my essential belongings to Lia, and then carry that package to Tokyo University by a certain date. I was surprised to find a postcard from the university, but I had to follow their instructions. I carried my baggage to Lia and very soon we were told to use the Chuo-line train to Suwa station, which is in Nagano Prefecture, very far from Tokyo. There was a very small inn there, with hot springs, where they had some rooms for students.

My case was the worst. Twenty-four students were put in a tatami area. It was a big hall that we slept in and studied in. We did everything there. We attended lectures walking down to the primary school of the village every morning, and after finishing the lecture, we climbed back up to the inn.

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