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2016.01.26 67 Year-old Former University Professor Publishes Meteorite Commentary as Current Art Student.
Mr. Junichi Matsuda, a student of Tokyo University of the Arts, published a book about the universe and meteorites, “Cosmic planetary science known as meteorites” (Osaka Daigaku Shuppankai).
It is surprising that an undergraduate student published a book, but more surprisingly, he is the former university professor of Osaka University who did research on meteorites until 2012. Talk about a two-fold surprise!

Mr. Matsuda has liked arts and crafts since he was a child. He hoped to enter Tokyo University of the Arts because he wanted to become a Japanese-style painter. However, he reluctantly gave up the idea of entering the university because he met opposition all around from peers. Instead, he diverted his attention toward physics and became successful as a meteorite researcher. In 2012, when he was close to retirement, he decided to chase his old dream and take an examination at Tokyo University of the Arts. He passed the exam on the second attempt and got into the University in 2014.

Mr. Matsuda, who fulfilled his heart’s desire and became an undergraduate student at the university, came up with a publication plan with commentary on the meteorite, utilizing his experience as a meteorite researcher. When he talked with a person in charge of publication about his current situation of becoming an undergraduate student of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, the person in charge suggested that he create the artworks for cover and illustrations.

According to the article, “I would like the young generation to get interested in science a little more”, he said.

For more information, please refer to the following websites:
 
http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160104/k00/00e/040/138000c

http://rigakuyu.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp/person/06.html