Sin-Itiro Tomonaga

Banquet speech

As the Laureate was unable to be present at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm, December 10, 1965, the speech was read by Mr Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ever since I learned about the nomination for the glorious Nobel Prize in Physics, how much have I not looked forward to the great honour of attending the Nobel Ceremony and receiving the medal and diploma from the gracious hands of His Majesty the King of Sweden. To my greatest regret, however, an unfortunate injury has now prevented me from coming to Stockholm. You cannot imagine how deeply dejected and sorry I was. However, thanks to the kind consideration and sympathy of the Nobel Foundation, it has been arranged that I receive the Prize from the Ambassador of Sweden in Tokyo, on the precise day of the Nobel Ceremony in Stockholm. It is, indeed, a great honour and pleasure to receive the Prize in this manner, and I wish to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks for this kind arrangement. I wish further to assure you that although I am not able to attend this illustrious event, my thoughts and heart shall be present to share in the great honour and pleasure of the day, together with my fellow Laureates and the people of Stockholm. With best wishes to you all from far-away Tokyo.

Copyright © The Nobel Foundation 1965


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