Arch Virol (2003) 148: 207–208 DOI 10.1007/s00705-002-0956-6 Obituary In Memoriam Yasuhiro Hosaka (1931–2002) asuhiro Hosaka, a distinguished Japanese electron microscopist and one of the world’s experts on Sendai virus structure and function, passed away on Friday, August 16, 2002. The cause was cancer. He was born in Kyoto on January 8, 1931, and was educated ﬁrst at Nagoya University School of Medicine, where he received his Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1955, and subsequently at the Graduate School of Medicine at Osaka University, where he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1960. From 1955 to 1963 he worked almost exclusively on the Haemagglutinating Virus of Japan (HVJ) which subsequently became known as Sendai virus. Apart from some elegant structural studies of cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus, he continued throughout his career to broaden our knowledge of Sendai virus as well as inﬂuenza viruses, particularly emphasizing the nature of fusion and hemolysis caused by these viruses. He was employed as Assistant in the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University from 1960 to 1974, when he was made Associate Professor in the Institute, a post he held until 1988. The last ten years of his working life were spent as
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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