Foreword Professor Kinichi Obi FOREWORD This special issue of Research on Chemical Intermediates is devoted to honor a distinguished scientist, Professor Kinichi Obi, who has conducted excellent studies in the field of laser chemistry and excited state dynamics, and who retired from Tokyo Institute of Technology in March 1998. Born in Tokyo (1937), Professor Obi received his B.S. (1961) and Ph.D. (1966) degrees in chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He worked as a research associate and associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 1986 he was appointed a full professor of the department. He has served as the department chairman and the dean of the Faculty of Science (1993-1995). He has worked for the Chemical Society of Japan (Vice President, present), the Japanese Photochemical Association (director board, present), the Society of Silicon Photochemistry, Japan (President, 1993-1994) and the Spectroscopical Society of Japan (director board, 1991-1992). From 1994 to 1997, he worked as the head of the steering committee of a priority-area-research project entitled "Photoreaction Dynamics. New Development by Molecular Environmental Control" sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports, in which 134 active Japanese photochemists joined. He has Research on Chemical Intermediates Springer Journals

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