In memory of
Ichiro Miyagawa, aged 96 of Trussville, passed away on April 5, 2018. Born in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, he received his doctorate in physics at the University of Tokyo in 1954 where he began his teaching and research career. He came to America in 1962 as a visiting professor at Duke University. He moved with his family to Tuscaloosa to teach physics at the University of Alabama in 1965. He became a research professor at the university in 1980 where he worked until his retirement in 1992, whereupon he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. He and his wife moved to Trussville in 2001 to be closer to their family. He was made a Fellow in the American Physical Society in 1972 and was selected for Who's Who in America in 1982 for his contributions to science. During his time as a professor Dr. Miyagawa conducted internationally-recognized research into the structure of matter, including heading a project for NASA on how to create crystals in outer space aboard the Skylab space station. As a service to the community, he served as the headmaster of the Japanese Saturday school in Tuscaloosa and was instrumental in bringing the JVC plant to the state. He was the recipient of the Samuel Ullman award in 1998 from the Japan-America Society of Alabama in recognition of his efforts and service. He was proud to have become a US citizen at the age of 92 and to vote in his first election. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mitsuko, and is survived by his children Dr. Shigeru Miyagawa (Reiko) of Boston, Haruyo Miyagawa of Birmingham, and Mari Songer (Hal) of Clay, and four grandchildren. He will be honored in a private family ceremony at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville and at a ceremony later in Japan.
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