Building international research communities is a cornerstone of Murayama’s physics career.
When deciding between becoming a physicist or a musician, Hitoshi Murayama thought musician was the easy choice.
With years of experience rocking out with a band playing Pink Floyd- and Genesis-inspired ballads in high school and playing the double bass in venues around Tokyo in college, Murayama was ready to leave his undergraduate physics degree behind. But as he played more and more gigs, fellow musicians warned him about how tough it could be.
He remembers changing his mind,...