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Imperial Honor

Imperial Honor

January 13, 2019

Emperor Hirohito of Japan (seated, center) prepared to view samples through a microscope in the laboratory of WHOI geochemist and current scientist emeritus Susumu Honjo (standing, left) during a visit in 1975. In May 2003, Honjo received the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun, one of Japan’s highest honors, for his research on the transfer of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to the ocean’s interior and for his efforts to strengthen Japan’s role in the international ocean science research community. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)

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