[Coral-List] Special issue of Galaxea, JCRS containing Dr. Siro Kawaguti's original works

Judith Lang jlang at riposi.net
Sat Mar 23 09:41:25 EDT 2013

Dear members of the Siro Kawaguti Working Group,

With great joy I read your email about the special issue of Galaxea.

Dr. Kawaguti's nine, short English articles, covering many aspects of coral physiology, behaviour, biochemistry and growth, were required reading for many of the "oldies" among us when we were graduate students. That they were the result of two, incredibly brief trips to Japan's biological station in Palau during 1936 and 1940 still amazes me.

The originality and intelligence of Kawaguti's interpretations greatly expanded upon knowledge which had been gained only a few years previously by Sir Maurice Yonge's British expedition to the Great Barrier Reef. Both men were a tremendous inspiration to the post-World War Two generation of coral scientists such as Tom Goreau Sr.,  whose pioneering radioisotopic studies in the 1950's established that photosynthesis by zooxanthellae in the light facilitates the growth of their coral hosts.

Thank you so very much for this splendid contribution to the coral reef scientific community !

Coral listers,
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Judy Lang

On Mar 22, 2013, at 7:41 AM, 井口 亮 wrote:

Thank you so very much for this amazing service to the coral reef scientific community!
> Dear Coral-list subscribing members,
> It is our great pleasure to announce a special issue of Galaxea (S14) containing the English-translated articles originally written in Japanese by the Late Dr. Siro Kawaguti.
> His distinguished achievement, such as identification and culture of coral-origin zooxanthellae, studies of coral fluorescent pigments, and observation for behavior of coral juveniles, became the foundation of modern coral reef biology. These original and prominent works are widely recognized through Dr. Kawaguti’s nine articles in the English journal “Palao Tropical Biological Station Studies” published in 1937 and 1941. However, the noteworthy observations and experiments that formed young Dr. Kawaguti’s thoughts were documented as 27 reports in the Japanese journal “Kagaku Nanyo (Science of the South Sea)” published in 1940, 1941 and 1942. We believe these Japanese reports based on his unique perspectives and insights should be shared widely.
> Here, we are proudly announcing the free web version of the special issue of Galaxea (14S) to you with great joy.https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/galaxea/14/Supplement/_contents
> We wish you to share these historical reports by Dr. Kawaguti with your colleagues around you.Sincerely yours,
> Siro Kawaguti Working Group of the Japanese Coral Reef Society; Takanori Satoh, Akira Iguchi, Ken Okaji, Takashi Nakamura
> March 22, 2013
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