Memorial Reception Opening Address

Thank you for the introduction. I am Takashi Tsuboi.

As the Dean of the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Tokyo, I would address a few words at the beginning of the memorial reception for Professor Shoshichi Kobayashi.

First of all, I thank very much those who gave lectures and those who participated in the memorial symposium. I think it was really successful with your participation and it will be remembered as a really interesting symposium.

As I told in my address at the memorial symposium, Professor Shoshichi Kobayashi graduated the Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Science of the University of Tokyo and so he is our aluminus member. After entering the Graduate School, his went to France and then to the United States and settled at Berkeley in 1962 and he stayed there always as the leader of mathematics especially of geometry.

Though he worked mainly in abroad, he made a lot of contribution to the mathematical community of Japan. Many Japanese mathematicians, old and young, visited Berkeley, and every time they were warmly hosted by Professor Shoshichi Kobayashi and his family. He came to Japan from time to time and he visited many universities in Japan and gave the lectures which showed us the good mathematics. He also wrote many books in Japanese which attract many people to the world of mathematics. For many Japanese students and young researchers, Professor Kobayashi showed what to do to become world class mathematicians. For all these things Professor Kobayashi did, we are really grateful to him.

At the memorial symposium, I also talked about the important contribution of Professor Shoshichi Kobayashi to our Graduate School at the occasion of the external evaluation of in 1994. Our Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences was established in 1992, uniting two Departments of Mathematics, one in the Faculty of Science, and the other in the College of General Education. In 1994, this building of the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences was under construction. This Common Room of the Graduate School was already in the floor plan of the building when we began planning our future building in 1992.

The members who stayed in Princeton or in Berkeley or in other departments of mathematics in abroad, knew that it is important for the mathematical community to have such a common room, where people exchange the mathematical ideas. At that time, however, the people in the administration did not understand the necessity of the Common Room which is not a lecture room nor a laboratory. Then we need to provide them the evidence to support the necessity of the Common Room. Professor Shoshichi Kobayashi supported us at this point as well. In some sense, I feel from this Common Room the mathematical legacy of Professor Shoshichi Kobayashi.

For this memorial reception for Professor Shoshichi Kobayashi, his family members as well as his old friends kindly join us from a long distance. I thank them very much. So we are gifted in this evening, in the sense that we can talk together not only on mathematics but also on several topics in the life, always with deep appreciation to Professor Shoshichi Kobayashi. I hope all of you to enjoy this atmosphere of the Common Room during the reception.

Thank you very much for your attention.