Hideo Mabuchi, Menlo Park, CA. Physicist.
Mabuchi received his AB in Physics from Princeton University and his PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. In his work on the study of microscopic physical structures (crystals) and processes (crystal growth) responsible for color formation in wood-fired ceramics —some of which is in the public domain on the web blog of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (blog.nceca.net)—he is frequently confronted by the challenge of relating detail images acquired using optical and electron microscopes to the "direct" visual impression one has when looking at a ceramic surface with the naked eye, or even to photographs taken with a regular digital camera. An extremely important challenge for us to address, as it relates directly to the challenge of helping a broad audience appreciate that fascinating "science" is all around us in nature and in the gallery/museum, yet just hidden from view. Mabuchi currently works as Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.