Ten fun facts about Ukichiro Nakaya


Fact 1
He lived with a potter while he went to school as a child because his father wanted him to be a potter.

Fact 2
He became the assistant professor at Hokkaido University in 1930 and received his doctor of science that same year.

Fact 3
In 1936 he created the first artificial snow crystal, only a year after opening the Low Temperature Science Laboratory.


Fact 4
Though his first wife died of diphtheria, he remarried a sculptor in 1932.

Fact 5
A quote he was most famous for was "snowflakes are letters sent from heaven", which appears in his documentary "Snow Crystals" and his book "Snow Crystals: Natural and Artificial".

Fact 6
He has written over 40 titles on topics ranging from snow to archaeology.

Fact 7
After recovering from a parasite in his liver, he received the Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy in 1941.

Fact 8
His research and studies of frost heaving also led to the founding of the Laboratory of Agricultural Physics in 1946.

Fact 9
He has been recognized for his contributions in a number of ways, including a group of Antarctic Islands named the "Nakaya Islands".

Fact 10
When he found a snow crystal on the tip of a rabbit-fur coat hair in his lab is when he began producing his artificial snow crystal.


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A Japanese physicist and science essayist.

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