Setsuo Ichimaru is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo, where he was a faculty member for nearly fifty years. He earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a world renowned expert in the area of statistical physics of plasmas, and was the 2014 recipient of the Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics from the Association of Asia-Pacific Physical Societies. He was also awarded the Humboldt-Forschungspreis prize from Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. He was a visiting member at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, San Diego, and a guest professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Johannes Kepler University, and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics.