Professor Shoji Arai

B.S. in Geology, University of Tokyo, Japan, 1971; M.S. in Geology, University of Tokyo, Japan, 1973; and DSc. in Geology, University of Tokyo, Japan, 1976
Professor Shoji Arai is the Professor of Earth Sciences at Kanazawa University, Japan. He is one of the foremost experts in ophiolites, tectonics and geochemistry, having worked on the petrology of the upper mantle materials, ophiolites and ocean-floor rocks.
Professor Arai is the recipient of many awards, among them: the 2008 Award of the Japan Association of Mineralogical Sciences, the 2015 Island Arc Award, the 2015 Copernicus Scientist award from Ferrara University, Italy, the 2016 Award of the Geological Society of Japan, and the 2017 Fellow of the Japan Geoscience Union. He is a member of many international and domestic societies of earth and related sciences.
Professor Arai was a Member of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Planning Committee of Japan (2002-2005), Member of IODP Science Planning Committee of Japan (2003-2006), Chairman of Committee of Earth’s Interior of Japanese Drilling Earth Science Consortium (2003-2006), Co-chair of Science Steering and Evaluation Panel of IODP (2003-2005) and President of Japanese Association for Petrologists, Mineralogists and Economic Geologists (2002-2004).