The Simon Prize 2008
Jaw-Shen Tsai was born in Taiwan in 1952. He received his BA degree in Physics in 1975 from the University of California at Berkely and his PhD degree in Physics in 1983 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1983. He joined NEC in 1983 as a Research Scientist in the Microelectronics Research Laboratories and progressed rapidly through their laboratories in Kawasaki and Tsukuba, Japan. He became an NEC Research Fellow in 2001. Jaw-Shen has held many visiting scientist positions including visiting Professorships at the Universities of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku, Tsukuba, Nanjing and Nagoya and consultancy and advisory positions at the Academia Sinica and in Taiwan. He has also held numerous positions on scientific advisory committees. Since 2001 he has been head of the Macroscopic Quantum Coherence Laboratory, RIKEN, Tsukuba, Japan, in parallel with his post at NEC. He received the Nishina Memorial Prize in 2004 for the Realization of Quantum Entanglement of Two Quantum Bits by Josephson Junctions.